The Professional Theorist: Probation Officers at Court

  • Judith Rumgay


It has been noted on several occasions in the preceding chapters that probation officers were influential in the sentencing process at City court. It is therefore pertinent to explore their perspectives more closely. This chapter explores aspects of the theories held by magistrates and probation officers of intoxicated deviance, responsibility and the probation service’s professional role in provision of SERs and probation supervision. These issues are considered for their potential influence on sentencing decision making. The chapter also examines tensions in probation officers’ professional theories and experience, and the implications of these tensions for their professional identity.


Personal Responsibility Professional Identity Probation Officer Crime Problem Probation Order 
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© Judith Rumgay 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Rumgay
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  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and AdministrationLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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