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Title: The Community Service Order (CSO) in Malaysia : an exploration of the perceptions and experiences of the youthful offenders and supervisors
Author: Othman, A.
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2014
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The Community Service Order (CSO) in Malaysia: An Exploration of the Perceptions and Experiences of Supervisors and Offenders. This qualitative study centres on the Community Service Order (CSO), a sentencing tool recently introduced in Malaysia which is used as an alternative to custodial punishment for young first time offenders (trainees) of minor crimes. The research uses in-depth interviews and questionnaires to document the experiences of a sample of youthful offenders and those who have completed the sentencing. The study also captures the views of the practitioners of CSO in Malaysia. The study shows despite its minor drawback there are many positive sides of CSO and its potential as practised in Malaysia. In its current form there are opportunities for improvement in terms of staff training and providing better supervision as well as rehabilitation of the trainees. The study provides glimpses into the criminal behaviour of the offending youth which could provide useful opportunity for future research and extension of CSO implementation. The findings of this study concur with similar studies on the effectiveness of CSO as a genuine alternative to imprisonment for young offenders such as in the case of countries like Singapore, England and Wales.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Sarawak Government
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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