Probation and Politics

Academic Reflections from Former Practitioners

  • Maurice Vanstone
  • Philip Priestley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Maurice Vanstone, Philip Priestley
    Pages 1-12
  3. David Denney
    Pages 119-139
  4. Wendy Fitzgibbon
    Pages 159-176
  5. David Smith
    Pages 289-308
  6. Maurice Vanstone
    Pages 309-327
  7. Maurice Vanstone, Philip Priestley
    Pages 367-376
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 377-412

About this book


Shadd Maruna, Dean of Law, Rutgers University.

Important work. Fascinating idea for a book of essays. Great read.

 Nick Cohen, The Observer.

Level-headed account of the ruin of a vital public service. The writers' cool contempt and determination to be accurate make it all the more damning.

Martine Herzog-Evans, University of Reims, Law Faculty

 ‘Very original collection. Raises essential questions - informative, enjoyable read.

This book provides a rigorous examination into the causes and effects of the abolishment of probation within the justice system. Addressing a wide range of subjects, such as current and historical perceptions of probation, the political factors which brought about its diminishment, and the effects of its dissolution, this study offers essential reading for those interested in broadening their understanding of the probation service and its vital role in rehabilitation. In addition, the combined contributions provide a compelling case for the reinstatement of an evidence-based probation service as the primary criminal justice agency concerned with helping to rehabilitate those people who come before the courts. Written by a broad range of experts, this book is a lively and engrossing read, destined to be invaluable to policy makers, social science theorists and commentators, as well as scholars of criminology and the justice system.


Prison Re-offending Justice system Policing Parole Re-adjustment Sex crimes

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurice Vanstone
    • 1
  • Philip Priestley
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law Swansea UniversitySwanseaUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.BristolUnited Kingdom

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