Information for Sentencers
Sentencers handbook - a guide to Probation
Welcome to our web pages specifically for Judges and Magistrates.
New approach to Community Orders
From 1 January 2012, West Yorkshire Probation will no longer offer Accredited Programmes or Specified Activities as part of a Community Order. Instead, Court Officers will propose an Activity Requirement at a low, medium or high level as the rehabilitation option.
The exact content of the Activity Requirement will be decided through a thorough post sentence assessment carried out by a Probation Officer working with the offender.
This approach means that the rehabilitative interventions will better meet the needs of the offender and, because the offender is part of the assessment process, they are more likely to be fulfilled successfully.
For the latest information see the most recent issue of Probation Matters and the 'Latest statistics' using the links on the left.
Latest re-offending statistics
West Yorkshire Probation Trust has continued to reduce reoffending rates in the latest Ministry of Justice figures (May 2012). The figures that end in June 2010 show are reduction of 6.1% on 2005 figures and our reoffending rate is now 34.2%, this is also a drop of 1.9% on our predicted reoffending rate.
These figures once again place West Yorkshire Probation in the top six Trusts for reoffending. The local reoffending data, calculated in a different way, also shows West Yorkshire in the top six Trusts for reducing reoffending.
For more information about the reducing reoffending statistics visit www.justice.gov.uk.
The sentencer pages will feature regular statistical sentencer information reports including enforcement, compliance and completion rates for community penalties and local reoffending reports.
You can view extracts from Probation Matters(published quarterly)in this section, and find out more about the unpaid work and other orders that you sentence using the links on the left.
You can arrange visits to Probation sites by getting in touch with us via Contact Us page or phoning the PR Unit on 0300 048 7077.