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The Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order: The views and attitudes of sentencers

Taylor, S and Mair, G and Cross, N (2008) The Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order: The views and attitudes of sentencers. Centre for Crime & Justice Studies, London.

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Abstract

On 4 April 2005 two new sentences for adults aged 18 and above became available to the courts in England and Wales: the Community Order and the Suspended Sentence Order (SSO). Both sentences are intended to narrow the custody/community divide, and therefore are important factors for the development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Both are also intended to offer more robust, demanding and credible alternatives to short custodial sentences, thereby contributing to reductions in the prison population which, at 16 May 2008, stood at 82,682.1 Both should be served in the community and both have the same number of requirements available. Essentially, the Community Order is a restructuring of what were the available community sentences – the Community Rehabilitation Order (CRO), the Community Punishment Order (CPO), the Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order (CPRO), the Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO), the Curfew Order and the Attendance Centre Order – and the various conditions that could be attached to the CRO and the CPRO. The SSO, on the other hand, can be seen as an attempt to revive the old-style suspended sentence by adding conditions to it.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Centre for Crime & Justice Studies
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 13:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 13:42
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3060

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