sentences

The Community Sentences project was set up to investigate and monitor the new Community Order (CO) and the Suspended Sentence Order (SSO) which came into operation in April 2005. The project offers rigorous, objective information and critical analysis about the way the sentences are used, the views of practitioners and the impact on specific groups of offenders.

Report exploring how gun and knife crime affects children and young people in England. It brings together various strands of evidence and proposes ten principles to improve children and young people's safety and reduce their risk of offending.

Report of a survey which visited nineteen prisons in England to evaluate the provision of learning and skills for offenders on long custodial sentences.

Report of a survey which visited nineteen prisons in England to evaluate the provision of learning and skills for offenders on short custodial sentences.

Report presenting the findings of a study which investigated the continuity of care experienced by prisoners before and after release. It also makes recommendations as to how continuity of care between prison and the community could be improved.

Report containing information on women's experiences in the criminal justice system as victims, suspects, defendants and practitioners in criminal justice agencies.

It compares their representation and experiences with those of men and identifies if, and where, any disproportionality exists in the treatment they receive.

Paper describing the Victim Statement (VS) scheme which was piloted in Ayr, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock between 2003 and 2005.

The scheme aimed to allow crime victims to make a statement about the impact of the offence on their lives once a decision to prosecute had been taken.

The paper also examines the practicalities of implementing the scheme more widely.

The Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) is one of 12 options (‘requirements’) available to sentencers when constructing a Community Order or a Suspended Sentence Order. The MHTR can be given to an offender with mental health problems who does not require immediate compulsory hospital admission under the Mental Health Act. If they give their consent, the MHTR requires them to receive mental health treatment for a specified period.

Report examining the issue of crime in Scotland by looking at key indicators and the policies in place to deal with criminal behaviour, in particular focusing on policing, courts and sentencing to see what actions could be taken in those areas to achieve a long term fall in the crime rate.

Report giving an overview of the use of penalty notices for disorder for 10- to 15-year-olds in six pilot police force areas in England and Wales between July 2005 and June 2006.