A Future for Probation?
Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2013
© 2013 The Author; The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice © 2013 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Volume 53, Issue 1, pages 1–15, February 2014
How to Cite
Deering, J. (2014), A Future for Probation?. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/hojo.12035
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: FEB 2012
The probation service in England and Wales faces what is the greatest challenge in its history. It is currently facing a future which is being shaped by four competing and differing forces: its current case management approach as influenced by moves to more law-enforcement practices; theories of desistance; new developments in offender engagement; and the emergence of Payment by Results (PbR). The article considers each of these influences and discusses how important they may be to the future of probation practice, concluding that the future of the service may be unrecognisable from anything that has gone before.