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Shades of professionalism: Risk assessment in pre‐sentence reports in Sweden

Persson, Anders LU and Svensson, Kerstin LU (2012) In European Journal of Criminology 9(3). p.176-190
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract in Undetermined

An emphasis on risk assessment has been introduced in the instructions guiding pre-sentence reports in Sweden. Since this focus indicates an organizational aspiration to risk management, we examined how pre-sentence assessments are made and especially how probation officers relate to risk assessments. Our results show that probation officers do not act in accordance with the guidelines; they tend to focus on offender needs and social situations more than risk factors, and the reports still resemble the previous social reports based on clinical assessments. This article is based on an analysis of 1320 pre-sentence reports, along with 18 individual interviews and 6 focus groups with probation officers.
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pre-sentence reports, probation, professionalism, risk assessment
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European Journal of Criminology
volume
9
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3
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176 - 190
publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • wos:000301795800005
  • scopus:84858688358
ISSN
1741-2609
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10.1177/1477370811424985
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English
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An emphasis on risk assessment has been introduced in the instructions guiding pre-sentence reports in Sweden. Since this focus indicates an organizational aspiration to risk management, we examined how pre-sentence assessments are made and especially how probation officers relate to risk assessments. Our results show that probation officers do not act in accordance with the guidelines; they tend to focus on offender needs and social situations more than risk factors, and the reports still resemble the previous social reports based on clinical assessments. This article is based on an analysis of 1320 pre-sentence reports, along with 18 individual interviews and 6 focus groups with probation officers.},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {176--190},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {European Journal of Criminology},
  title        = {Shades of professionalism: Risk assessment in pre‐sentence reports in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1477370811424985},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2012},
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