The fourth in a series of reports which examines the effectiveness of community sanctions in Jersey has been published. The authors, Professor Peter Raynor of Swansea University, Dr Helen Miles of the States of Jersey and Brenda Waterman, found that two years after being sentenced 70% of Probationers and 85% of Community Service clients had not committed a further offence. Many of those who had committed further offences had been convicted of minor matters such as careless driving, parking or nuisance type offences.
The report examines reconvictions by the assessed predicted outcomes at the outset of the Orders, ensuring that a comprehensive picture of the effectiveness of the sanctions is provided. Brian Heath Chief Probation Officer commented, “The Jersey Probation and After Care Service has been measuring the outcomes of its work for many years. The longstanding partnership with Swansea University has produced a series of reports which provide an independent measure of the success of Probation and Community Service Orders in reducing crime by known offenders in Jersey.
This latest report demonstrates that these measures have maintained or improved their performance over time, which is a testament to the hard work and skills of the staff teams and those we work in partnership with, and the engagement of the clients we work with.”
A copy of the report can be accessed here.