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These findings aim to examine how different enforcement strategies affect the reconviction
rates of offenders under probation supervision in the community. The main purpose was to
explore how reconviction rates vary amongst areas with different patterns of enforcement. For
this purpose, data were gathered on 882 offenders drawn from eleven probation areas, five of
which had harsher than average responses to non-compliance and six of which were more
lenient than average. The findings also explored how reconviction rates vary between offenders
exposed to different enforcement strategies.