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Listening to Young Adult Offenders: Views on the Effect of a Police-Probation Initiative on Reducing Crime

19 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2003  

Wing Hong Chui

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - School of Law; University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Bill Tupman

University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Colin Farlow

University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Abstract

This article reports the subjective views of young adult offenders, regarding their experience of a police-probation initiative in the southwest region of England. Project ARC (Addressing Repeat Criminality) was a pilot scheme that targeted persistent offenders, mainly drug offenders, by offering them an intensive form of probation supervision. The procedure of allowing these offenders to speak and listening to their voices has been seen as an excellent and powerful method to depict vividly their perception of probation experience and views on the usefulness of the crime reduction project. Several central themes emerged from the in-depth interview data, regarding the success or otherwise of the initiative in addressing their criminal behaviour. These include offenders' attitudes to offending, self-explanations for their criminality, views of peer associations and the usefulness of the Project ARC intervention. Finally, the offenders' first hand accounts also offer invaluable insight to the police and probation services on how the project can and should be further improved in order to reform their offending behaviours.

Suggested Citation

Chui, Wing Hong and Tupman, Bill and Farlow, Colin, Listening to Young Adult Offenders: Views on the Effect of a Police-Probation Initiative on Reducing Crime. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 42, pp. 263-281, July 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416365

Wing Hong Chui (Contact Author)

City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - School of Law

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Kowloon, Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong

University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Exeter EX4 4QX, Devon
United Kingdom

Bill Tupman

University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Exeter EX4 4QX, Devon
United Kingdom

Colin Farlow

University of Exeter - School of Historical - Political and Socialogical Studies

Exeter EX4 4QX, Devon
United Kingdom

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