The Substantial Service Demands of Offenders and Frequent Offenders

Rodriguez, Jorge and Keene, Jan and Li, X. (2006) The Substantial Service Demands of Offenders and Frequent Offenders. European Journal of Criminology, 3 (2). pp. 149-179. ISSN 1477-3708. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This study analyses new data on the service demands of gender and age subpopulations of occasional and frequent offenders shared by health, social care and criminal justice agencies in the UK. Using a case-linkage methodology borrowed from health studies, we tracked the population of offenders across multiple agencies within a Health Authority jurisdiction in an English county over a three-year period. We show that offenders and frequent offenders demanded services in larger proportions than non-offenders and occasional offenders, particularly drug and alcohol services. We find that overrepresentations of males and youngsters among offenders were more marked among frequent offenders. Using categorical principal component analyses, we identify three typologies of frequent offenders making heavy demands on public services, and detect key discrepancies between their problems and levels of service provision. Our findings indicate the need to devise inter-agency strategies for the treatment and care of different groups of offenders, while providing useful data on their characteristics so as to make these strategies more effective.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 13:39
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 10:17
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