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Probation: Working with Offenders (Criminal Justice)by Rob Canton
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This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the work of the probation service. It brings together themes of policy, theory and practice to help students and practitioners to better understand the work of probation, its limitations as well as potential, but above all its value.
Setting probation in the context of the criminal justice system, the book explores its history, purposes and contemporary significance. It explains what probation is, discusses emerging ideas around offender management, and the value of an approach that centres on the idea of desistance. It considers the practice realities of working with offenders in the community. The book also covers the governance of probation and how policy and practice are responding to contemporary concerns about crime and community safety for example through the management of risk. Although the main focus is on England and Wales, there is some discussion of other UK jurisdictions and of contemporary trends in European probation practices.
This book will encourage readers to appreciate the practical and theoretical strengths and shortcomings of contemporary probation practice. Information and discussion are presented clearly, with guidance about further study and pointers towards more specialised readings.
Probation: Working with Offenders will be essential reading for trainee probation officers and students of probation and offender management.
This is a general introductory text about the work of the probation service. It is intended to give a reliable account of contemporary probation policy and practice, but offers critical perspectives as well. This book is accessible to new students of probation and to general readers, but also draws on a range of theoretical approaches to try to understand the significance of probation.
Having positioned probation in the wider context of the criminal justice system, the book gives an account of probation's history, its values and its principal tasks. There is attention to recent policy developments, the emergence of the idea of 'offender management' and the place of probation as part of a National Offender Management Service. The focus is on England and Wales, although there is some discussion of other UK jurisdictions and of contemporary trends in European probation practices. The book concludes with some thoughts about how probation may develop in the years ahead.
Probation: Working with offenders will be essential reading for anybody needing to know about the subject.
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