chapter  12
Race and community penalties: conclusions and next steps
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This collection of papers represents an overview of recent research on issues of racial equality as they affect the delivery of community penalties by the Probation Service. It brings together the most recent research on the needs of the Black and Asian offenders it supervises; the history of attempts to provide them with a better service; the difficulty of developing an evidence based approach to this work, and the parallel problems of developing an appropriate response to the white racially motivated offender. This final chapter is an attempt to summarise the central messages of these studies for the future. While they all have their particular distinctive findings, there are also some common themes that are likely to prove important for the next steps forward in addressing these issues.