The probation service reporting for duty: court reports and social justice

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93776
Title:
The probation service reporting for duty: court reports and social justice
Authors:
Whitehead, P. (Philip)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside
Citation:
Whitehead, P. (2008) 'The probation service reporting for duty: court reports and social justice', British Journal of Community Justice, 6 (3), pp.86-96.
Publisher:
British Journal of Community Justice
Journal:
British Journal of Community Justice
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93776
Additional Links:
http://www.cjp.org.uk/publications/bjcj/volume-6-issue-3/
Abstract:
The probation service provides criminal courts with information on people who offend, before they are sentenced, by utilising three report formats. Firstly a comprehensively written pre-sentence report can take up to three weeks to prepare. Secondly a briefer document completed within five days, known as the fast delivery report, predominantly relies on a tick box format. The third category is oral feedback. Significantly the criminal justice system is being encouraged to call upon the services of the two briefer formats, primarily because of the time and costs involved in preparing a full report. The central concern of this paper is to explore this shift of emphasis, particularly within magistrates’ courts, which militates against the probation service undertaking a detailed analysis of the social circumstances of offenders. This has potentially serious implications for criminal and social justice.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
probation; reports; offenders; social circumstances; efficiency; criminal justice; social justice
ISSN:
1475-0279
Rights:
Author can archive publisher's version/PDF. [Email from British Journal of Community Justice, 10/06/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 05/03/2010]

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, P. (Philip)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-05T14:18:47Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-05T14:18:47Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Community Justice; 6 (3): 86-96en
dc.identifier.issn1475-0279-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/93776-
dc.description.abstractThe probation service provides criminal courts with information on people who offend, before they are sentenced, by utilising three report formats. Firstly a comprehensively written pre-sentence report can take up to three weeks to prepare. Secondly a briefer document completed within five days, known as the fast delivery report, predominantly relies on a tick box format. The third category is oral feedback. Significantly the criminal justice system is being encouraged to call upon the services of the two briefer formats, primarily because of the time and costs involved in preparing a full report. The central concern of this paper is to explore this shift of emphasis, particularly within magistrates’ courts, which militates against the probation service undertaking a detailed analysis of the social circumstances of offenders. This has potentially serious implications for criminal and social justice.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBritish Journal of Community Justiceen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.cjp.org.uk/publications/bjcj/volume-6-issue-3/-
dc.rightsAuthor can archive publisher's version/PDF. [Email from British Journal of Community Justice, 10/06/2010]en
dc.subjectprobationen
dc.subjectreportsen
dc.subjectoffendersen
dc.subjectsocial circumstancesen
dc.subjectefficiencyen
dc.subjectcriminal justiceen
dc.subjectsocial justiceen
dc.titleThe probation service reporting for duty: court reports and social justiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teessideen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Community Justiceen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 05/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardWhitehead, P. (2008) 'The probation service reporting for duty: court reports and social justice', British Journal of Community Justice, 6 (3), pp.86-96.-
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