Retrospect: The End of Probation?

  • Maurice VanstoneEmail author
  • Philip Priestley


At the end of the book, at the end of days for probation, we end with an editorial reflection on some of the themes that emerge from the contributions of its authors – all probation officers turned academics. The role of the public intellectual is examined; the underlying strength of the ‘casework’ model is acknowledged with its deep respect for individuals, its emphasis on the ‘relationship’ and its pragmatic ‘helping’ orientation; and thought is given to the possibility of silver linings to brighten the dark clouds that have fallen over the probation project. No easy optimism is to be found here, but a final assertion of pride and defiance.


Criminal Justice Probation Officer Critical Criminology Public Intellectual Probation Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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