Allocation to Offending Behavior Programs in the English and Welsh Probation Service

Emma Palmer, James McGuire, Ruth Hatcher, Juliet C. Hounsome, Charlotte Bilby, Clive Hollin

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The Probation Service of England and Wales delivers three offending behavior programs designed for offenders who have committed any offense. One of the selection criteria for these programs states that offenders should have a medium-high risk of reoffending rather than low or very high risk. This article examines the appropriateness of offender allocation by risk level to these three programs in the Probation Service. There was significant variation in allocation performance by Probation Area and program. Appropriateness of allocation was associated with program completion. Very high—risk offenders were more likely to not start a program that they had been allocated to and more likely to not complete a program once they had started. Appropriateness of allocation also affected reconviction independently of program completion status.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-922
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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