Over the past 20 years, there have been many changes to probation governance in England and Wales aimed at controlling it from central government. However, the changes introduced under the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda, introduced in 2013, are unprecedented: the service has been divided and part-privatised and no longer exists as a unified public body.
This topical book looks at the attitudes of probation practitioners and managers to the philosophy, values, and practicalities of TR. Based on a unique online survey of over 1300 respondents which found that they were unequivocally opposed to its broad aims and objectives, it provides unique insights into the values, attitudes and beliefs of probation staff and their delivery of services.
Including broader discussion of the privatisation/marketisation debate, the context of privatisation of criminal justice services and questions of legitimacy and governance, this is essential reading for everyone interested in the future of the service.
“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.” Katherine Williams, Aberystwyth University
"A very timely, interesting and challenging study, the first to explore in depth staff concerns about ‘TR’ and its implications for probation values and practice." Professor Mike Maguire, University of South Wales
"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." Jill Annison, Plymouth University
John Deering is Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Wales. His research interests include the probation service and criminal justice system. He previously worked as a probation officer.
Martina Feilzer is Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice at Bangor University. Her research interests include penal policy, perceptions of crime and criminal justice, and research methods, in particular narrative research and mixed methods research.
Respondent views on the purposes and values of the probation service;
Is this the end of an ideal?;
Prospects for the future;