Desistance Transitions and the Impact of Probation
Based on in-depth interviews with a group of men under probation supervision, Sam King investigates the factors associated with making a decision to desist from crime. The book examines strategies for desistance, and explores the factors that individuals consider when they are thinking about how they will desist. In doing so, the book sheds new light on existing understandings of desistance from crime and helps to develop our understandings of the role that individuals play in constructing their own desistance journeys. This book also highlights the role of probation in this process, offering a timely and critical review of the nature of probation under the New Labour government in the UK between 1997-2010.
The findings indicate that we should allow Probation Officers greater autonomy and discretion within their roles, and that we should free them from the bureaucracy of risk assessment and targets. Moreover, the book warns against the potential fragmentation of community supervision. As such, the book will be of interest to criminology students, researchers, academics, policymakers and practitioners, particularly those who work with ex-offenders in the community.
- Paperback | 226 pages
- 157 x 233 x 23mm | 172.36g
- 09 Jun 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 5 Line drawings, black and white; 6 Tables, black and white; 5 Illustrations, black and white
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26 Aug 2015
07 Oct 2017
15 Dec 2017
23 Mar 2015
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Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow.
"Sam King makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the attitudes and opportunities that lead offenders to stop offending. His reliable and scholarly summary of current research is enlivened with many vivid quotations from his own interviews with people struggling to get out - and stay out - of crime. This engaging and readable book offers many perceptive insights into the contribution that probation officers could make to support the process of change."ã
Professor Rob Canton, De Montfort University.
"Sam King's research monograph is aptly situated in Routledge's formidable collection of books in their International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. King's research, based on in-depth interviews with 20 men on probation and their supervising officers, reveals the processes which led towards a decision to attempt to desist; the strategies that individuals considered; the obstacles that individuals believed they would encounter and how they intended to overcome these and the role of human agency in this phase... Desistance Transitions and the Impact of Probation makes an important contribution"
Beth Weaver, University of Strathclyde
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