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“Comment: Victims of exclusion”

Sheridan, Chris
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Probation Journal. 54(4): 423–433

In an intensely personal account the author provides a first-hand account
of his experiences of the criminal justice system from the perspective of offender,
victim and probation officer. Using these insights he reflects on crime and punishment,
restoration and the role of the National Probation Service. He was born in
prison. By age six he was stealing. On his own at 17 and on the streets, he lived
a life of crime. What useful skills would such a man have? Turning his life around,
he put himself through university then took his very unique perspective on life to
the National Probation Service where for over a decade he worked as probation
officer, guiding others off the path he was once on himself. As someone who has
‘been there’, he offers us his views on crime and punishment and ponders the
future of the criminal justice system and the role of the National Probation Service,
the largely unsung hero in the forefront of public protection and the way offenders
are rehabilitated.


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