Privatising Probation

Is Transforming Rehabilitation the End of the Probation Ideal?

John Deering and Martina Feilzer

Privatising Probation

John Deering and Martina Feilzer

Distributed for Bristol University Press

112 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Paper $20.95 ISBN: 9781447327288 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Over the past twenty years, England and Wales have witnessed many changes to probation governance aimed at shifting control to the central government. However, the changes introduced under the Coalition Government’s 2013 Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda are unprecedented: probation  has been divided and partially privatized. This topical book looks at the attitudes of probation practitioners and managers toward the philosophy, values, and practicalities of TR. Based on a unique online survey of over 1,300 respondents that found practitioners were unequivocally opposed to TR’s broad aims and objectives, Privatising Probation provides unique insights into the true beliefs of probation staff and how they deliver these services. Including broader discussion of the privatization and marketization debate and placing the privatization of criminal justice services and questions of legitimacy and governance in context, this book is essential reading for everyone interested in the future of probation.
Contents
Introduction
Respondent views on the purposes and values of the probation service
Is this the end of an ideal?
Prospects for the future
Subsequent events
Review Quotes
Katherine Williams, Aberystwyth University, UK
“This captivating and important work intelligently evaluates the effects of Transforming Rehabilitation upon both the legitimacy and governance of the probation sector and the ethos and ideals of probation work.”
Mike Maguire, University of South Wales, UK
“A very timely, interesting, and challenging study, the first to explore in depth staff concerns about Transforming Rehabilitation and its implications for probation values and practice.”
Jill Annison, Plymouth University, UK
“At a time of unprecedented change for probation this book provides thought-provoking responses from the inside. The research findings and critical analysis provide a unique vantage point which merits wide readership.”
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