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Title: Providing for women offenders: the risks of adopting a payment by results approach
Authors: Gelsthorpe, Loraine
Hedderman, Carol
First Published: Dec-2012
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Probation Journal, 2012, 59 (4), pp. 374-390
Abstract: While the evidence base for what works with male offenders is imperfect, that for women is even more limited. This reflects the general tendency in penal policy and practice and in criminological research to neglect women who offend either because it is assumed that what works for men will work for women, or because their small numbers lead to women being ignored entirely. In this article, the emerging evidence on women is reviewed in order to consider what we now know about women’s needs and about best practice in responding to those needs. The extent to which this evidence provides a sufficiently robust and definitive base for the development of a criminal justice ’market’ is then considered in relation to the four main potential benefits claimed for a payment by results approach: greater efficiency; greater innovation; reduced cost; and a broader range of services. The results suggest that a number of important challenges may stand in the way of such benefits being realized in practice in relation to promoting and sustaining community based services for women. These include: defining, estimating and measuring impact; achieving a level of change which is sufficient to attract suppliers; and an inability to value outcomes and to identify and allocate benefits.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0264550512458477
ISSN: 0264-5505
eISSN: 1741-3079
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2012, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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