Prospect: Probation Past, Present and Future

  • Maurice VanstoneEmail author
  • Philip Priestley


Prospect explains how the idea of this book evolved from a collective concern about how the selling off of a major proportion of the probation service had undermined a valuable resource within the criminal justice system. It highlights what is being lost with a short history of the unique and varied contribution of the service not only to criminal justice but also to social welfare generally. It then sets the scene with a summary of the combined experience of the contributors and a brief summary of the focus of each chapter.


Criminal Justice System Juvenile Justice Critical Criminology Probation Service Probation Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawSwansea UniversitySwanseaWales, UK
  2. 2.BristolUK

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