IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(4): 320-326 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.118

An Analysis of Variables Affecting the Outcome of Community Correction in Contemporary China

Nian Liu
Abstract—Community corrections recent development in China, imported from the West. This study intends to explore the range of factors that affect the outcome of community corrections as it exists in contemporary China. The study applies the quantitative method; a questionnaire survey was used to collect research data in Guangzhou. Demographic variables and thirteen other aspects of criminals are measured by actuarial scales via face to face interview. Results reveal that minor criminals and criminals living in old street blocks are performing much poorer in community correction than adult criminals and those living in other types of communities. Relations between probation officer and criminal take a weighted precedent impact on outcome of community corrections. The status of companions, alcohol/drug problem, accommodation, family/marital, leisure/recreation also has a significant influence on criminals’ performance. It concludes that strengthening the contact between criminals and probation officer, separating criminals from friends having crime background and treating their alcohol and drug problems could greatly improve the outcome of community correction.

Index Terms—Community correction, risk and needs factors, survey.

N. Liu is with the Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China (e-mail: liunian121@yahoo.com.cn).

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Cite: Nian Liu, "An Analysis of Variables Affecting the Outcome of Community Correction in Contemporary China,"  International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 320-326, 2012.
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