San Bernardino County Probation officers search a parolee room for drugs and arms.
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Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.
The Transforming Rehabilitation strategy was meant to have charities at the centre of it. But they’ve been pushed to the margins.
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New research shows how the charity sector has been sidelined in the Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
Prison inmates in Santa Rosa, California.
A study of 100,000 convicted felons shows why rethinking parole may be the key to reversing mass incarceration.
Probation services in the UK are straining under a system that prioritises profit above rehabilitation.
Bearing the brunt of wider failures.
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An overhaul of the probation system has left the justice system foundering.
A convicted offender cleaning as part of a community payback scheme in London.
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Probation staff need to gain the trust of prisoners.
What happens next once offenders walk out of prison?
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The privatisation of the probation service is failing both offenders and victims.
Deaths after leaving custody are often ‘hidden’ from proper scrutiny.
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New research suggests 400 people have died from suspected suicide within 48 hours of leaving police detention in the last seven years.
Getting out of jail may no longer be free.
The US is facing a silent crisis on prison probation, and the UK is following its lead.
Judge Steven Alm pioneered the HOPE project, the first of scores of swift and certain sanction programmes in the US.
The success of probation programmes based on swift and certain sanctions has led to more than 160 such schemes operating in the US. Australia should consider whether the model might work here too.
The coalition got off to a rocky start on crime with the 2011 riots.
The government faced civil unrest almost as soon as it came to office. Then it decided to cause some disruption of its own.
Community payback has a nice ring to it. But payback to whom?
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A very significant moment in the history of the UK criminal justice system passed when the government forced through the first stage of its privatisation of probation services. Since then there has been…