Probation Duty and the Remoralisation of Criminal Justice: A Further Look at Kantian Ethics

  • Philip WhiteheadEmail author


Increasingly since the 1980s, the moral foundations of the criminal justice system in general, and probation services in particular, have been destabilised by the politically imposed incursions of privatisation, marketization, and competition. These developments constitute the organisational logic of the neoliberal era which displaced the post-war Keynesian dispensation and its support for the personal social services. The central concern of this chapter is to re-direct attention towards the moral issue in criminal and social justice through rekindling an interest in Kantian deontological ethics and the related concept of moral economy.


Criminal Justice Criminal Justice System Probation Officer Moral Worth Probation Ideal 
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  1. 1.Professor in Criminal and Social JusticeDirector of the Teesside Centre for Realist CriminologyTeesside UniversityUK

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