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Plymouth Community Justice Court: A Case Study of Problem Solving Interventions, Reducing Re-offending and Public Confidence

This project will undertake a detailed investigation of how the community justice court in Plymouth works. Community justice is focused on low risk offenders and has two distinctive components: problem solving whereby the background of offenders is examined and areas of support identified, and links to the community so that social problems and ways of addressing them through the courts can be identified.

This project will:

  • assess what impact the community court has on re-offending and desistance from crime
  • develop an understanding of how cases are identified as suitable for the community court and then selected for problem solving
  • examine how problem solving meetings are actually conducted
  • investigate how members of the community perceive the court and assess their confidence in its operation.

A range of methods will be used, including qualitative interviewing, ethnographic observation and conversation analysis of problem solving meetings. In addition, quantitative methods for assessing re-offending and surveys to assess confidence in the courts will used.

The results will be disseminated within the criminal justice system and to local communities to improve understanding of how community justice works, and to help develop the skills of those involved in the operation of the court.

  • Outputs (5)