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Policy Transfer in Criminal Justice

Crossing Cultures, Breaking Barriers

  • Mary Anne McFarlane
  • Rob Canton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    1. Rob Canton, Mary Anne McFarlane
      Pages 1-14
  3. The Partnership between the United Kingdom in Developing Probation and Other Criminal Justice Services and Turkey’s Path to Accession

  4. Management, Language and Cross-Cultural Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-36
    2. Norman Powell, Baris Yüncüler
      Pages 37-56
    3. Jeanette Whitford, Meg Blumsom
      Pages 57-74
    4. Leyla Welkin
      Pages 75-89
  5. Transfer of Policy and Practice for Work with Juvenile Offenders

  6. Transfer of Policy and Practice in Working with Victims of Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-205
    2. Jodie Das, Barbara Unterlerchner
      Pages 233-249
  7. The International Context of Partnership Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-273

About this book


Will 'what works' in one country work in another? This unique collection examines the cross-cultural transfer of skills and expertise, drawing out the opportunities and challenges involved in taking penal practices from one country to another.


Criminal justice policy transfer Turkey Europe multi-agency work probation cross-cultural penal practice crime criminal justice service

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Anne McFarlane
    • 1
  • Rob Canton
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ConsultantUK
  2. 2.De Montfort UniversityUK

About the editors

Randel Barrows, Independent Trainer and Consultant, UK Kevin Barry, Ministry of Justice, UK Meg Blumsom, Probation Service, UK Rob Canton, De Montfort University, UK Danny Clark, Ministry of Justice, UK Jodie Das, Coordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse Charity, UK Beverley Dubash, Youth Offending Service, UK Nariman Dubash, Probation Service, UK Tony Grapes, Correctional Systems, UK John Harding, International advisor and Writer, UK Ergin Kaptan, Turkish-English Interpreter, Turkey Maggie Loma, Association of Humanistic Practitioners, UK Mary Anne McFarlane, Senior International Advisor on Criminal Justice, UK Anna Ochtman, Dutch Probation Service, The Netherlands Emma Osborne, Probation Service, UK Norman Powell, Ministry of Justice for England and Wales, UK Beverley Radcliffe, International Consultant and Trainer, UK Martin Seddon, Department For International Development, UK Jane Shackman, Consultant and Trainer, UK Martin Spragg, Integrated Children's Services, Devon, UK Steve Stanley, Former Probation Researcher and Consultant, UK Barbara Unterlerchner, Weisser Ring, Austria Leyla Welkin, Pomegranate Connection Program, Turkey Jeanette Whitford, Probation Trust, UK Baris Yüncüler, Council of Europe, Turkey

Bibliographic information


"This admirable case study into managing young offenders explores the problems that arise when policy makers attempt to transfer penal policies and practices from one country to another. Our understaning of the mechanics of securing penal change across national borders is greatly enhanced by this book." - Professor Mick Ryan, University of Greenwich, London, UK

"Transferring criminal justice policies and programmes across countries is now key to both national policy development and international communication. Mary Anne McFarlane and Rob Canton have put together this fascinating edited collection in which practitioners explore their experiences of trying to transfer practice relating to probation supervision of adults and young people to Turkey. It illustrates all the challenges, but also some of the solutions and tips of how to work with another probation practice culture and how that puts one's own assumptions to the test. A very important read for any international criminal justice practitioner or policy maker." - Professor Joanna Shapland, Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Sheffield, UK

"Since its inception, probation has travelled from United States to Australia and then to England and Wales, France and other European jurisdictions. Literature is not very generous in providing inside stories of why and how this penal policy transfer has happened. This is the main merit of this book: it a case study of how Western ideas were adapted and implemented in the Eastern part of the continent. By doing that, the book fulfills brilliantly a gap in the literature and constitutes an invaluable resource for those working in consultancy or researching the penal policy transfer field." - Dr Ioan Durnescu, University of Bucharest

"This volume represents a precious resource both for those involved in policy and practice transfer and for those who study it. The editors have created an intriguing and thought-provoking book by asking participants in a project to develop probation, youth justice and work with victims in Turkey to describe and reflect upon their experiences. The result is a collection that deserves to be treated not just as a sourcebook of advice for those involved in such work, but also as a dataset for analysis by those who study it. I know of no other collection that better captures a range of perspectives on the many complexities of the dilemmas and challenges posed by policy and practice transfer." - Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow, UK

"One likely consequence of the political hit affecting probation at home is a haemorrhage of human capital - experience professionals and managers who either find that their services are no longer required ... Some of them may end up turning their attention elsewhere, and perhaps joining the ranks of probation personnel... To all of them, I recommend this volume as essential reading" - Gwen Robinson, British Journal of Criminology 55(3)