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Professionalising the probation service: Why university institutes would transform rehabilitation

The What if? series of pamphlets challenges conventional thinking on penal issues

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-63-2

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 18

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Professionlising the probation service

As part of our What if…? series, Professor Jonathan Shepherd explores the possibility of transforming rehabilitation by professionalising the probation service.

This pamphlet advocates the development of probation institutes in research-intensive universities to innovate and evaluate interventions with and in probation services, and the establishment of a professional body to provide probation with a national voice.

Professor Shepherd argues that such reforms would facilitate innovation and improve service provision and recruitment standards.

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