Media Release | 15 February 2012
Jersey Trees for Life: Probationers Dig for the Environment!
The Probation and After-Care Community Service Scheme has supervised many Community Service working parties this winter during the tree planting season for local charity Jersey Trees for Life. The sessions, run mainly at the weekends, have been extremely productive as offenders performing Community Service have dug and prepared over 1,400 holes that were previously marked out by JTFL staff. Consequenlty, the charity's staff were the able to plant far more trees as the spade work had literally already been carried out! Some of the weekday sessions saw the probationers plant the tree and hedging whips with the assistance of JTFL staff who were on hand to mentor the Community Service workers. Nearly 1,200 tree and hedging whips were planted this way. Conrad Evans, JTFL Arboricultural Officer, expressed his support for the partnership by saying: "With this valuable input from these Community Service working parties, we are able to achieve more during the planting season. We are limiited to planting in a window of some 16 weeks from the beginning of December until the end of March. The assistance we recieve is most welcome as it enables the limited funds and staff resources to go that much further".
The planting, as part of the Jersey Hedgerow Campaign, has been carried out to benefit the Island's hedgehog populations in the Parishes of St Clement and Grouville. Andy Le Marrec of the Probation and After-Care Service commented: "Our support for this initiative demonstrates our continued support for conservation projects on the Island. Offenders performing this work gain an appreciation of the environment and make reparation to the community".
Notes to editors:
Jersey Trees for Life was established in Jersey in 1937 as the Jersey Association of the Men of the Trees. In 2008 the charity changed its name to Jersey Trees for Life. For further information, and to arrange an interview, contact Conrad Evans at Jersey Trees for Life or Andy Le Marrec at the Probation and After-Care Service.
Media Release | Friday 10th December 2010
The Jersey Probation and after Care Service (JPACS) features in a new book which examines the latest theory and practice in the effective supervision of offenders.
A chapter of the book is devoted to a research project being conducted by the University of Swansea into the skills and strategies used by Probation staff in
Jersey during their one to one interviews with the people they supervise.
This is the first study in which video recording has been used with the consent of both parties to record interviews. The sessions are then reviewed by the researchers and scored against a matrix of behaviours which are believed to have a positive effect on behaviour change, known as Core Correctional Practices (CCPs).
It is known already that JPACS is successful in helping people to cease offending from a series of reconviction studies completed over the last 10 years. The research described in the book is attempting to identify how the supervision process influences behaviour change.
The book “Offender Supervision, new directions in theory, research and practice” is published by Willan and described by them: “This major new book brings together leading researchers to describe and analyse internationally significant theoretical and empirical work on offender supervision”
JPACS staff also participated in another study featured in the book, on methods used to encourage compliance with court orders.
Contact: Brian Heath Chief Probation Officer +44 1534 441920 (Direct) or
New directions in theory, research and practice
Edited by Fergus McNeill, Peter Raynor and Chris Trotter
This important and up-to-the-minute collection of essays by some of the leading scholars
in the field will be much used and cited, combining as it does sophisticated theoretical
reflections, fresh empirical evidence and careful attention to specific topics……. Highly
Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield
For anyone with an interest in offender supervision… this book is absolutely essential
reading. It marks a watershed in the development of research and scholarship in this field,
offering an unparalleled collection of cutting edge essays on the key issues. It will become an
indispensable point of reference for many years to come.
Professor Mike Hough, Kings College London, and president of the British Society of
This is a hugely welcome addition to the literature on work with offenders…offer(ing) the
intellectual basis for moving correctional practice beyond the original “what works” agenda, to
a new and more effective focus on individual relationships, trust and legitimacy.
Professor Mike Maguire, Cardiff University and University of Glamorgan
Criminal justice systems across Europe face major social, political and financial challenges
at this time…. (T)his collection could not be more timely; it will be of great value to the many
policy-makers, managers and practitioners working hard to improve offender supervision,
deliver community justice and make communities safer.
Leo Tigges, Secretary General, CEP The European Probation Organisation
This major new book brings together the leading researchers to describe and analyse
internationally significant theoretical and empirical work on offender supervision, and to
address the policy and practice implications of this work within and across jurisdictions. The
book draws out the lessons that can be learned not just from studying “what works?”, but
from exploring how and why particular practices support desistance in specific jurisdictional,
cultural and local contexts.
New directions in theory and paradigms for practice
Staff skills and effective offender supervision
Different issues and challenges in improving offender supervision
The role of families, ‘significant others’ and social networks
Understanding and supporting compliance within supervision
Exploring the social, political, organisational and historical contexts of offender
Offender Supervision will be essential reading for academics, undergraduate and
postgraduate students, policy makers, managers and practitioners interested in offender
About the editors
Fergus McNeil is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow
where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Peter Raynor is
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University. Chris Trotter is
Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Monash University, Melbourne.