Public confidence in community sentences: Evaluation of the fourth year of Local Crime Community Sentences

Engaging communities with the criminal justice system can be achieved by providing the public with clear information about sentencing.

We evaluated the successful pilot of the 'Local crime/community sentence' project run by the Probation Boards Association and the Magistrates' Association, and we are advising the project team as it is rolled out nationally. The project aims to raise public awareness about the importance of community sentences and through increased understanding, to improve public confidence in such sentences.

Prison and probation expenditure, 1999-2009

Spending on the prison and probation system in England and Wales has grown by 36 per cent in real terms since 2004 despite a major reorganisation that was meant to save money, a report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has found. Prison and probation expenditure 1999 - 2009 found that spending on the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) - which combines the costs of operating the prison, probation and headquarters function - rose in real terms from £3.6 billion in 2004/2005 to £4.9 billion in 2008/2009.


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