The setting-up of new probation frameworks or their reform require full attention to their complexity and particular characteristics.
Probation plays an important role in helping to reduce the level of crime and in increasing public safety. These advantages are attained by working with offenders to help change their behaviour and make good the harm done by crime.
However, the reasons for introduce probation into legislation differ both geographically and culturally. It may consist in a means to develop alternatives to incarceration, to achieve cheaper sentencing options or to enhance the human rights dimension.
Therefore, being a set of mechanisms and strategies to solve the local problems of the criminal justice system, probation systems are complex; this is partly why probation services can be so different, depending on the jurisdiction.
We enable the setting up of new probation services or their reform through the:
- assessment of the legal and institutional framework;
- assessment of judicial and legal culture;
- design and negotiation of the probation concept;
- design of the procedures and the corresponding legislation;
- piloting of the new probation concept.