• Gill McIvor (Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Stirling, Scotland, gillian.mcivor@stir.ac.uk)
  • Kristel Beyens (Criminology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, Kristel.Beyens@vub.ac.be)
  • Ester Blay (Law Department Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, ester.blay@upf.edu)
  • Miranda Boone (Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, University of Groningen,

The idea for this first special issue of the European Journal on Probation on community service took shape almost a year ago at the second meeting of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Working Group on Community Sanctions in Glasgow. Listening to each others’ stories about this sanction in our respective jurisdictions, we were struck by some intriguing and recognizable similarities. An important objective of the ESC working group on community sanctions is to uncover the histories, rationales, policies practices and research findings on community sanctions in different European countries.

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