Factors associated with the one-year probation outcome : A self-report study in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-171
Journal / PublicationAsian Journal of Criminology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


Why are some probationers able to comply with the sentence? Why do some fail to do so? In order to answer these questions, the article examines cross-sectional data collected from a selected group of Chinese offenders who were put on a one-year probation sentence in Hong Kong. It, in particular, aims at identifying the relative effects of four types of predictors, namely demographic, socio-economic, criminal history and probation intervention, on the probation outcome. For the purpose of this study, the probation outcome is the self-report data of the probationer at the end of the sentence. Logistic regression analyses revealed that self-reported reoffending was significantly related to peer involvement in criminal activities and triad association, a previous probation sentence, a urine test requirement and the offenders' positive view of probation officers. © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007.

Research Area(s)

  • Hong Kong, Non-custodial sentencing, Probationer sentence compliance, Self-reported offending