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By Roger Statham,Alan Bennett

The Golden Age of Probation is the 1st e-book on probation by way of these practitioners who grew to become its leaders. A entire account exploring tradition, values and tensions. It appears on the dynamics of probation supervision and political dimensions, together with the shift to a market-driven kind of public provider.

A vigorous and demanding selection of writings by means of these on the very middle of the Probation carrier for 50-years. whole with descriptions of existence in any respect degrees of what has been defined because the ‘jewel within the crown’ of felony justice. ethical and different demanding situations are awarded along these of standing-up to executive Ministers whose aspirations for ‘political immortality’ have ended in profound tensions. The ebook describes how difficult speak and market-strategies have undermined 100-years of committed public provider and ideas approximately how most sensible to aid switch the lives of a few of the main marginalised humans in society. Equality, race and social deprivation are among the problems explored because the ethos of probation and its deeply-rooted values are laid naked in a e-book that offers with highs and lows, dangers, innovation, hopes, goals and the overseas impact of a company whose unique undertaking (not regularly renowned) used to be to ‘advise, help and befriend’ these another way heading for criminal and a lifetime of crime. vibrant and hugely readable, The Golden Age of Probation takes the reader on a trip via England and Wales exposing social drawback, unrest and more and more London-centric regulations. It files first-hand what lifestyles used to be like for these on the sharp finish in the course of an period of in depth development, improvement and change.

Editor & Contributors,

After turning into a probation officer in Stoke-on-Trent within the Sixties the editor Roger Statham rose during the ranks to turn into leader Probation Officer for Teesside. he's joint secretary of the organization of Retired leader Probation officials and Inspectors of Probation. The e-book includes contributions by way of 20 individuals and co-workers of that physique.

The Foreword

The writer, playwright and actor Alan Bennett contributed the Foreword after recording in other places his recommendations on yes duties closing in public palms: ‘The suggestion that probation, that is meant to assist those that have fallen foul of the legislation, may still make a revenue for shareholders turns out past satire.’ Diary, 2013. ‘The rewards of probation … are human gains and not anything to do with stability sheets.’ Cambridge Sermon, 2014.

From the book

'The rate of the semi-privatised probation property … is that probation has misplaced its umbilical wire with the courts, the police, the prosecution carrier and our companions in neighborhood experts. it is going to be tough for the courts, specifically, to appreciate the reworking rehabilitation schedule while providers for low and medium chance offenders might be performed by means of an origami of commissioned companies, whose event, for the main half, is within the deepest zone of operating prisons, more often than not within the united states, and whose employees won't unavoidably have the skills to correctly examine and supervise recognized offenders.' John Harding CBE, bankruptcy 10.

'Although the restructure made the provider at risk of later alterations during the 2000 Act, it did in attaining higher consistency, lowered charges in the end, extra girls on the most sensible and a countrywide programme of review and interventions that was once across the world ground-breaking. the error in my opinion was once to desert this course later that decade, mix with the criminal carrier lower than the banner of criminal administration and sacrifice the nationwide probation impact that have been received. end result of the nature of the caseload with so much offenders on neighborhood orders, we've continuously had extra joint paintings with police and native experts than with the legal provider. Personalities and a few undesirable decisions notwithstanding obtained within the way.' Mary Anne McFarlane, bankruptcy 14.

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