Criminology, probation and stuff

Some musings on criminology with a focus on probation

London probation doing badly

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The report about London Probation doing worse now than it was before the Sonnex case doesn’t really surprise me. I’ve been trying to think of something to say about it… but am finding it difficult. Maybe people aren’t doing their jobs ‘properly’ because they’re scared of doing something wrong- like a rabbit in the glare of the oncoming headlights, they are petrified, unable to know what to do for the best knowing that a movement in either direction is probably going to result in disaster.

Or, maybe people are doing their jobs properly but the tools used to measure ‘properly’ aren’t very good. Maybe, the 54% of cases which didn’t meet ‘the level needed to ensure the public was well protected’ were measured against targets around meeting offenders within certain timescales, rather than looking at what was actually done with offenders when they were met.

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Written by criminologyandstuff

November 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Posted in criminal justice

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