This is a timely study about the incidence of probation officers breaching clients under section 6 for failing to observe the conditions of a probation order. Timely because the view is being widely canvassed that the Probation Service should provide the major non-custodial alternative in sentencing and be more involved in penal control. Government and community confidence for taking this step will to some extent be dependent upon the willingness of the Service to assume a firmer position about protection of …
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