Research and analysis

Effectiveness of community order requirements for offenders with an OASYS assessment

The study used propensity score matching to explore the impact of different community orders on the rate and frequency of reoffending.

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The effectiveness of different community order requirements for offenders who received an OASys assessment

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The study used propensity score matching to explore the impact of different community order requirements on the re-offending rate and frequency of re-offending within two years of the initial offence.

The analysis used data from the Offender Assessment System, probation and re-offending records and administrative data on employment and benefit receipt. The study found no evidence to suggest that increasing the punitive element of community orders would have a detrimental effect on re-offending, for the combinations of requirements considered.

However, combining other types of requirement, such as supervision, with a punitive element, can increase the effectiveness of the community order.

Published 12 November 2012