Quality and effectiveness in probation officers' reports to sentencers

Preparations to implement the 1991 Criminal Justice Act in England and Wales included a pilot study organized by the Home Office to assess the impact of introducing pre-sentence reports in a wider range of cases in the Crown Courts. This paper reports some findings from the study concerning the vari...

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Main Author: Gelsthorpe, Loraine
Contributors: Raynor, Peter (Author)
Format: Print Article
Language:English
Published: 1995
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 1995, Volume: 35, Issue: 2, Pages: 188-200
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Summary:Preparations to implement the 1991 Criminal Justice Act in England and Wales included a pilot study organized by the Home Office to assess the impact of introducing pre-sentence reports in a wider range of cases in the Crown Courts. This paper reports some findings from the study concerning the variable quality of probation officers' reports; the level of agreement between the researchers' assessments of quality and those made by sentencers in the Crown Courts; and the impact of low and high quality reports on the sentencing process
ISSN:0007-0955