The development and the evaluation of community reparation for young offenders in England and Wales, through an evidence-based perspective, is the core issue of the book. Nicholas Pamment gets into the historical, political and social aspects of the legislative and policy changes, describes thoroughly the content of the unpaid work, assesses the impact of the justice community reparation in young offenders (hereinafter YJCR) and in the end he suggests an integrative ‘Evidence-based best practice model for YJCR to be incorporated in probation structures.
The book structure is simple and deductive. The extended introduction to the issues addressed in the book and the adoption of a rather critical approach are cited in clarity in the first chapter. The exploration of the youth justice field in England and Wales is descriptive and helps the reader to get familiar with what will follow in the next chapters, in what perspective and how all the issues will be addressed through a detailed and strict methodological approach. A synthetic overview of the book is presented in the introduction. The aims of the book, the key concepts used in the book (as community reparation, unpaid work, adult community service, rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders), and the research choices, are also identified in this first chapter.