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“Which way probation? A correctional or community justice service?”

Harding, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice. 50(4): 369–373.

Martin Narey’s appointment as the Commissioner for Correctional
Services is likely to have a profound effect on the development of the probation
service over the next five years. His responsibilities in terms of oversight include:
prisons, probation, the Parole Board and the National Youth Justice Board. The
Criminal Justice Bill 2003 creates a range of new penalties including ‘Custody
Plus’, ‘Custody Minus’ and intermittent custody. The overall effect will be more
people imprisoned and a greater seamlessness between prison and probation.
Given this process, the author considers that a drive towards an integrated correctional
service in a third Labour administration appears likely. He argues that
probation should remain separate from the prison service and regain its former
identity with its key stakeholders, the local courts and local communities.


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