Alarms and Excursions: Rhetorical Space in Criminal Justice

  • Philip PriestleyEmail author


Probation through a critical looking glass; part personal history, part prison history, and part activism to bring about changes in criminal justice. Researching prison biographies (1830 –1990) reinforced both a philosophical rejection of the punitive prison and a search for working alternatives. The symbolism of victim neglect and the possibilities of mediation between victims and those who offend against them are explored as parts of a proposed system of positive justice. Probation day centres in England and Wales, and day reporting centres in the United States represent institutional alternatives to prison based on respect for individuals; the delivery of education, health, and other services in the community; and the pursuit of self-determining, contributing citizenship. Propositions for a restored probation service are set out. Personal risk management and positive self change, assisted by significant others and the use of cognitive techniques are seen as keys to desistance.


Criminal Justice Restorative Justice Prison Sentence Probation Officer Criminal Justice Policy 
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  1. 1.BristolUK

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