Exploring the dynamics of compliance with community penalties

Robinson, G. and McNeill, F. (2008) Exploring the dynamics of compliance with community penalties. Theoretical Criminology, 12(4), pp. 431-449. (doi: 10.1177/1362480608097151)

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In this paper, we examine how compliance with community penalties has been theorized hitherto and seek to develop a new dynamic model of compliance with community penalties. This new model is developed by exploring some of the interfaces between existing criminological and socio-legal work on compliance. The first part of the paper examines the possible definitions and dimensions of compliance with community supervision. Secondly, we examine existing work on explanations of compliance with community penalties, supplementing this by drawing on recent socio-legal scholarship on private individuals’ compliance with tax regimes. In the third part of the paper, we propose a dynamic model of compliance, based on the integration of these two related analyses. Finally, we consider some of the implications of our model for policy and practice concerning community penalties, suggesting the need to move beyond approaches which, we argue, suffer from compliance myopia; that is, a short-sighted and narrowly focused view of the issues.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:community penalties, compliance, enforcement, probation, responsive regulation
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McNeill, Professor Fergus
Authors: Robinson, G., and McNeill, F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Social Work
Journal Name:Theoretical Criminology
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7439
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 SAGE
First Published:First published in Theoretical Criminology 12(4):431-449
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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