Community penalties and Home Office research: On the way back to 'nothing works'?

  • Raynor P
  • 8


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 22


    Citations of this article.


This article discusses recent research on community penalties in the UK, and in particular the contribution of the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics division (of which the relevant section is now known as RDS-NOMS following its recent relocation as part of the National Offender Management Service). Current statements of methodological preference are discussed in the light of the history of evaluative research in this field, and it is suggested that a perceived need for information management may be leading to an unhelpful narrowing of methodological choices. This approach risks neglecting features of community sentences which require investigation, and at worst could encourage a drift back towards a belief that `nothing works'.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Home Office
  • Methodology
  • Pathfinders
  • Probation

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Peter Raynor

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free