A Probation officer’s story

Mike Guilfoyle

in ASBO nation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420282
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301493 | DOI:
A Probation officer’s story

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This chapter shares personal experiences and perceptions as a probation officer in a Central London Probation Office, covering an area with the highest overall crime rates in the capital. An ever-increasing part of this chapter's author's caseload now contains those on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. He refers to the current legal definition of anti-social behaviour (ASB) as that which is for present purposes framed within the wording at the outset of section 1(1)(a) of the Crime and Disorder Act of 1998, but with further refinements in ASB legislation enacted since that time, most recently via the amendments to the Police and Justice Act of 2006. The author describes the lessons he learned from his encounter with a client named John, who was awaiting sentence for breaking into his former demoted flat. He notes the recent pace of change, in organisational and legislative terms, facing the Probation Service. Not the least significant of these has been the creation of the National Offender Management Service, geared eventually to supersede Probation.

Keywords: London; probation; anti-social behaviour; Anti-Social Behaviour Orders; Crime and Disorder Act; Police and Justice Act; Central London Probation Office; National Offender Management Service

Chapter.  4023 words. 

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