A glossary of acronyms commonly used in criminal justice publications
This glossary is intended to help readers understand criminal justice publication which can contain many acronyms. Few legal terms are included in this glossary as it concentrates on criminal justice policy and practice. There are a number of useful glossaries for legal terms on the internet, for example here and here.
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Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Anti-Social Behaviour Order - a civil order banning the subject from entering certain areas, associating with certain people, or doing certain things.
Addressing Substance Related Offending-Community-base offending behaviour modular group work proogramme.
Approved Social Worker
British Crime Survey - the annual Home Office survey of people's experience of crime and feelings about it covering England and Wales
Business In Prison- Focus is on self-employment development with serving prisoners and links required after release to start a business.
British Society of Criminology
Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare Services-Is the foundation of drug treatment framework.
Creative and Supportive Trust
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- an approach to treatment that involves working with people to help them change their emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
Centre For Crime and Justice Studies
Closed Circuit Television
Crime and disorder Reduction Partnership
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Criminal Justice Act
Criminal Justice Information Technology
Criminal Justice System
Crown Prosecution Service.
Criminal Records Bureau- a Home Office Agency that provides employers with relvant information about individuals to assist in child related and other recruitment decisions.
Crime Recording Centre
Criminal Records Office
Crime and Society Foundation
Community Service Order
Drug Action Team
Department for Constitutional Affairs
Department for Education and Skills
Department of Health
Drug Intervention Programme
District Judge (previously known as Stependiary Magistrates)
Data Protection Act
Data Protection Officer
Drug Treatment and Testing Order
Domestic Violence Liaison Officer
Department of Work and Pensions
European Convention of Human Rights
Enhanced Thinking Skills-addresses thinking and behaviour associated with offending.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Grievous Bodily Harm
Government Secure intranet
Home Detention Curfew
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prison, AND/OR Probation
Her Majesty's Prison
Her Majesty's Prison Service
Independent Monitoring Board- a board of lay people attached to each prison which independently monitors the prison premises, its administration and treatment of prisoners.
Joint Consultative Council
Key Performance Indicator
Local Criminal Justice Board
Mentally Disordered Offenders
Ministry of Justice
National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
National Criminal Intelligence Service
National Drug Squad
National Institute for Mental Health England- is responsible for supporting the implementation of positive change in mental health and mental health services.
National Offender Manager - head of the National Offender Management Service who leads and develops offender management and national commissioning, including the commissioning of custodial and community sentences.
National Offender Managment Information System
National Offender Management Service - NOMS was created in 2004 after a government review identified gaps in the work of prisons and probation. As a new single service, NOMS is intended to bring together the work of correctional services....more
National Probation Directorate
Offender Assessment System - the assessment tool used by the Prison Service and the National Probation Service in England and Wales from 2002 to measure the risks and needs of criminal offenders under their supervision. There is some concern that OASys do...more
Offending Behaviour Programme
Office of Criminal Justice Reform
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Prison Advice and Care Trust- an indepentent national charity working with prisoners and with prisoners' families.
Primary Care Trust - NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are statutory bodies responsible for delivering better health care and health improvements to their local area. Collectively PCTs are responsible for spending around 75% of the total NHS budget....more
Public Interest Immunity
The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman
Prison Reform Trust
Prison Service Instruction
Prison Service Order
R & R
Reasoning & Rehabilitation- A cognitive behavioural programme focusing on teaching offenders how to think, not what you think.
The Rehabilatation of Addicted Prisoners trust- provides a variety of services in various locations around the country. RAPt also runs support services both inside and outside the prison system.
Racial Incident Liaison Officer
Regional Offender Manager - ten Regional Offender Managers (ROMS) direct work in the regions. ROMS are accountable to the National Offender Manager. England and Wales are divided into ten regions, each headed by a ROM....more
Release On temporary Licence
Southhall Black Sisters
Sentencing Guidelines Council
Sexual Offender Treatment Programme
Supporting Others Through Volunteer Action
Unlawful Sexual Intercorse
Vountary and Community Sector
Violent & Sex Offender Register
Victim Support Scheme
Women's Health Advice Centre
Women in Prison- provides a range of services for women in custody across England.
Women in Special Hospital
Women's Offending Reduction Programme
Women's Policy Team
Youth Case Officer
Youth Justice Board
Young Offenders Institution
Youth Offending Team