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attendance centre

in England, a place at which young offenders are required to attend regularly instead of going to prison. They are usually run by the police and the sessions try to instil discipline and social skills.
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Doing it by the book: The Bilston attendance centre record book kept by West Midlands Police Museum curator Dave Cross, inset.
Mr Bennett, aged 54, became officer-in-charge at the attendance centre eight years ago while he was still serving with West Midlands Police.
Det Ch Insp Terry Street, of West Midlands Police Fraud Squad, said: "A man and a woman have been interviewed in connection with suspected financial irregularities at an attendance centre.
For example, following the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Penal System in 1974 that attendance centres should be discontinued, their re-emergence, with enthusiastic government support, in the late 1970s cannot be divorced from the more general emergence of the |new' ideology of desert as an overarching principle of sentencing.
The latter part of the book offers useful empirical data on the use of senior attendance centres in the early 1980s.
Mair seems disappointed with this finding, arguing that as attendance centres originated as an alternative to custody, they should be located further up the tariff.
The origins of the attendance centre are traced back to mid-nineteenth century and the search for an alternative to imprisonment for juvenile offenders.
The major theme which emerges is a consistently muddled way of thinking about the penological purpose of the attendance centre.