The History of Probation: Politics, Power and Cultural Change 1876-2005

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Shaw & Sons, Jan 1, 2006 - Probation - 327 pages
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This book tells the story of probation from its religious beginnings in 1876 and legislative footing in 1907, through to the present day. The substantive chapters of the book cover the period 1979-2004 and explore probation by alluding to crime; imprisonment; politics and power; increasing central control and bureaucracy; criminology; and penal and social policy. Written by authors who have spent many years within the probation service, and therefore been involved in events they describe, the book provides a unique insight into probation over the last 25 years. It will be of great interest to serving probation and prison staff and will be a resource for trainee probation officers, and also be helpful to students of criminal justice, penal and social policy in colleges and universities. It will, in fact, appeal to all those who want a deeper understanding of the recent changes in probation. The book has been written to coincide with the approaching centenary of probation in 2007, and it challenges certain political initiatives over recent years that have culminated in the demise of the probation ideal.

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About the author (2006)

Philip Whitehead has worked for the Teesside Probation Service since 1981. He has published several books and articles in relation to probation, community supervision of offenders, temporary release schemes and reconviction, and managing the probation service. Since 2001 he has been working as Senior Practice Development Assessor, which involves teaching and coaching trainees undertaking the Diploma in Probation Studies to prepare them to work as probation officers.

Jamie Thompson worked for Northumbria Probation Service for 19 years. He has been involved in the training of probation officers as a practice teacher, training manager and joint appointment. He was course leader for the probation degree and coordinating Internal Verifier for the Community Justice NVQ Assessment Centre at Northumbria University. He is currently Principal Lecturer and Learning and Teaching Coordinator and a joint manager of the Community Safety Research Unit. He is an active researcher and has published in relation to probation, community safety, and teaching and learning issues.

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