Hollowing Out Probation? The roots of Transforming Rehabilitation

John Deering, Martina Feilzer

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    This article provides a critical perspective on the political and policy history of probation in England and Wales to develop a better understanding of how TR came to be. TR was only the latest act in a longstanding process of changing probation to fit ideological ‘flavours’, and we suggest that it is the hidden nature of probation work in combination with a lack of public legitimation work by probation institutions and probation staff that has placed probation in such a vulnerable position.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0264550518820119
    Pages (from-to)8-24
    Number of pages17
    JournalProbation Journal
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Dec 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • probation
    • privatisation
    • organisational change
    • CJ legislations
    • organisational culture


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