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Public Protection: Examining the impact of strengthened public protection policy on probation practice

Kewley, S and Brereton, S Public Protection: Examining the impact of strengthened public protection policy on probation practice. In: Reimagining Probation Practice. Routledge. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Over recent decades, probation policy has witnessed legislative changes that has forcibly shifted practice towards one driven by a public protection discourse. This chapter briefly introduces the notion of public protection and its emergence from the dangerousness and risk narrative and sketches the legislative changes that have impacted probation policy and practice since the 1990s. Much of this legislation is inconsistent with probations’ ethos and principles and as such we highlight some of the resultant challenges. To explore the public protection work of probation, we apply four forms of rehabilitation as conceptualised by McNeill to those convicted of sexual offending and managed by probation. Finally, we argue that public protection approaches such as models of containment, control, and preventative sentencing, hinder the work of probation practitioners, fail to protect the public as intended, and increase penal excess.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7231 Criminal Justice Administrations
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: Routledge
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 11:31
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 11:31
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16277

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