Research and analysis

Community Orders with punitive requirements: Results from the Offender Management Community Cohort Study

The Offender Management Community Cohort Study (OMCCS) is a longitudinal cohort study of adult offenders who started Community Orders between October 2009 and December 2010.

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This report uses the OMCCS to describe which offenders received punitive elements as part of a Community Order, the nature of these requirements, offenders’ views and the level of compliance and breach. This found that most Community Orders contained a punitive element, with unpaid work being most common, and suggests that breach and non-compliance could be addressed through Offender Managers discussing individual needs with offenders.

This report is one of a series summarising findings from the OMCCS. Other reports include details of the characteristics of the whole cohort of offenders on Community Orders and the methodology for the study.

Published 3 April 2014