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Critically evaluate the achievements of the Multi-Agency Public Protection

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  • Submitted: 15/02/2008
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Critically evaluate the achievements of the Multi-Agency Public Protection

Arrangements (MAPPA).

The issue of how the public should be protected from the most dangerous offenders has been highly debated since the early 1970s. Public protection has been high on the Government's agenda for many years and is now a formally stated aim of the National Probation Service.

This essay will discuss the developments of risk assessments and management systems within the National Probation Service and particularly focussing on MAPPA. The main focus of the essay will present the findings of various studies of multi agency risk assessments and risk management procedures aimed at protecting the public from dangerous offenders. The essay will then discuss two high profile murder cases and conclude with a general evaluation of MAPPA.

The debate regarding Public protection became apparent in the early 1970s when a publicised case involving a mentally ill patient called for stronger preventative methods. This case involved Graham Young who had been committed to a mental hospital after poisoning members of his family. After his release he went on to commit murders using the same method. This case made it clear there was a need for

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