'A difficult trip I think'. The end days of the probation service in England and Wales

Mair, George (2016) 'A difficult trip I think'. The end days of the probation service in England and Wales. European Journal of Probation, 8 (1). pp. 3-15. ISSN 2066-2203

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Abstract

The probation service has been a key part of the criminal justice process for more than 100 years. It deals with more offenders than the prison service, it is more successful than prison in terms of reconviction rates, and it is considerably cheaper than prison. Its advantages as a court sentence seem to be only too clear. Yet prison remains the gold standard for punishment in England and Wales while the probation service is facing a bleak future. How has it come about that the existence of probation is now under serious threat? That a vital public service is faced with extinction? This article explores the issues that have led to the possibility that probation's days are numbered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal European Journal of Probation
Keywords: probation service, public sector decline, criminal justice policy
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Science
Depositing User: Kimberley Berry
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 15:48
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1015

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