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Intensive Projects for Prolific/Persistent Offenders (From Alternatives to Prison: Options for an Insecure Society, P 268-289, 2004, Anthony Bottoms, Sue Rex, et al. eds. -- See NCJ-210129)

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Anne Worrall; Rob C. Mawby
Date Published
22 pages
This chapter presents an overview of the development and current state of implementation of intensive supervision projects for prolific/persistent adult and young offenders.
It is estimated that 10 percent of offenders are committing half of all crime in England and Wales. This chapter focuses on intensive projects for prolific/persistent offenders providing greater control and surveillance. Yet, in their current incarnation, these projects are resource-intensive, potentially expensive, and to a large-extent unproven. However, they also represent an imaginative and alternative opportunity for the effective management of this group of offenders. This chapter is structured to place intensive supervision projects within their historical context, identify key common characteristics of intensive supervision projects, describe the existing provision for adult and young offenders, examine the limited evaluation of the projects, and draw conclusions and make specific recommendations. Conclusions drawn include: (1) a range of diverse projects that share a number of key characteristics; (2) the local dimension of these nationally operated projects is marked; (3) these projects need to be found within both short and longer-term historical perspectives; (4) existing evaluations indicate evidence of reduced offending and cost-effectiveness; and (5) the projects are likely to experience common issues, challenges, and potential pitfalls. Notes, references