The prisoner ’s right to vote and civic responsibility: Reaffirming the social contract?

September 4, 2009 by Easton, S.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

This article considers the issue of the prisoner’s right to vote in the light of recent developments in law and policy. It critically reviews the purported justifications for disenfranchisement and argues that re-enfranchisement should be pursued on the grounds of both principle and policy.

Stress, support and well-being as perceived by probation trainees

A study on stress, support and well-being was carried out with probation trainees (n = 110). The study indicated that working as a probation trainee entailed high demands. Greater levels of demands were experienced by trainees with children and those undertaking part-time work. A large majority of trainees reported a high sense of personal accomplishment, had good self esteem, held positive attitudes towards themselves and enjoyed their work with offenders. Female trainees had significantly less positive attitudes towards themselves than males. Small, but significant numbers of trainees experienced problems with stress, well-being, low self-esteem, tiredness and emotional exhaustion. They might benefit from receiving more individual support, mutual group support and stress management courses. ‘Professional’ support opportunities from fellow students and practice development assessors were perceived as more important than from family or friends. There were some significant differences between trainees in their perceptions of support offered by Consortia and their tutors. Overall, there were no significant differences in relation to age or ethnicity.

Probation officers’ perspectives on recent Belgian changes in the probation service

September 4, 2009 by Bauwens, A.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

Throughout the last decade Belgium’s criminal justice sector — and its probation service in particular — has undergone a period of rapid change generated by public criticism, political pressure and calls for reform. This qualitative study highlights how structural changes have influenced probation practice by focusing on how probation officers themselves have perceived these recent organizational changes. These preliminary findings draw on a qualitative study of probation officers working in the House of Justice in Brussels and are compared with developments in England and Wales.

Probation and offender manager training: An argument for an integrated approach

September 4, 2009 by Knight, C., Stout, B.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

De Montfort University (DMU) was commissioned by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to carry out skills profile research to inform the proposed new probation training framework and curriculum. This article will outline the findings of this research and discuss the future of probation training. It will argue that the future training arrangements for probation staff need to take account of the fact that complex offender-focused work is now being carried out by various grades of staff and that the issue of role boundaries should be central to the debate about competency and qualifications. Whilst training resources can no longer be disproportionately targeted at the probation officer grade, to the detriment of other grades, the importance of higher education in enabling the development of critical and reflective skills as well as knowledge for all staff is emphasized.

The predictive validity of the OASys self-assessment questionnaire

September 4, 2009 by Cluley E.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

Working towards recovery: Getting problem drug users into jobs

May 27, 2009 by Fox, C.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

Review: Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management Practice Rob Canton and David Hancock (eds): Willan Publishing, 2007; pp. 397, {pound}24.99, pbk ISBN 978–1–84392–289–6

May 27, 2009 by Cheston, L.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

Review: Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass 1890–1990 Jonathan Simon University of Chicago Press; 1993; pp 286; {pound}17.50, pbk ISBN: 978–0–22675–857–5 Supervising Offenders in the Community: A History of Probation Theory and Practice Maurice Vanstone Ashgate; 2004; pp 198; {pound}19.99, pbk ISBN 978–0–75467–174–9

May 27, 2009 by McNeill, F.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

Review: Hate Crime and the City Paul Iganski Policy Press; 2008; pp 168; {pound}21.99, pbk ISBN 978–1–86134–939–2

May 27, 2009 by Dixon, L.  
Filed under Getting Out of Jail

In court

Nigel Stone, Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia, reviews recent appeal judgements and other judicial developments that inform sentencing and early release.

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