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Probation migration(s): Examining occupational culture in a turbulent field

Burke, L, Millings, MN and Robinson, G (2016) Probation migration(s): Examining occupational culture in a turbulent field. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 17 (2). pp. 192-208. ISSN 1748-8966

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In June 2014 approx. 54 per cent of the total probation service workforce in England and Wales were transferred to the newly created Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) as part of the government’s plans to establish a market for offender management services. This marked the beginning of one of the largest and most significant migrations of criminal justice staff from the public to the private sector in England and Wales. This article presents findings from an ethnographic study of the formation of one of these CRCs through to the period immediately following the transfer into private ownership. The authors discuss the key features of this migration which are identified as ‘splitting and fracturing’, ‘adapting and forming’ and ‘exiting or accommodation’. It is contended that this development not only has significant implications for the future of probation services but also provides a unique example of the impact on an occupational culture of migration from the public to the private sector.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1748895816656905
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5378
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