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Policy is not destiny: restorative justice between promising premises and broken promises

Published: 10/12/2020 | Author(s): Giuseppe Maglione

What happens when policy-makers appropriate practices which have grown organically at the margins of criminal justice systems and which may represent a challenge to criminal justice values, aims and goals? It happens that they first discriminate between those practices' relevant and irrelevant features, their useful and dangerous aspects, and then they translate the relevant/useful bits into policy; that is, into general and abstract norms instrumental to state justice. Clearly, this process…

How do you peddle drugs in a pandemic? Use the kids of course!

Published: 19/11/2020 | Author(s): Victoria, Worrall

During the Coronavirus lockdown period in the Spring of 2020 media reporting suggested that there was a new hope for teenagers who are, or are at risk of, being involved in county lines - the need to stay at home would somehow force the reduction of gang activity. However, recent reports have suggested that this is much more complex than first thought, with over 3000 people, from London alone, having being identified as having being exploited, to distribute drugs across the country during the lockdown…

COVID-19: Blaming Britain’s Muslim Communities

Published: 16/10/2020 | Author(s): Chris Allen

Since the start of lockdown, a number of discourses that seek to blame Britain’s Muslims for the COVID-19 crisis have emerged. Drawing on well-established Islamophobic tropes, these discourses not only problematise Muslim communities but have the potential to embolden some within the far right, justify hatred towards all Muslims without differentiation and legitimise hate crimes. Muslim communities like others have felt the impact of COVID-19. At the start of the pandemic, concerns about the…

CALL FOR PAPERS: The future of Probation post 2020 - special issue

Published: 29/09/2020 | Author(s): Kevin Wong, Jean Hine

Dear Colleague, Last year it was with much sadness that we announced that our colleague Paul Senior had passed away. Paul co-founded our journal in 2002 with his friend and colleague Dave Ward – a stalwart of this journal and our editorial board’s longest serving member. Paul was Co-Editor from 2002 till his retirement in 2016. His last issue was on the theme of “Imagining Probation in 2020: hopes, fears and insights”.  Throughout his professional life, Paul was a passionate…

Sex Workers in the Crisis of Covid

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): Teela Sanders

Teela Sanders, University of Leicester. There appears to be three residing issues for sex workers across the world in the pandemic. First the direct and immediate loss of income, pushing them to the economic margins of society. Second, the paring back (or in some cases withdrawal) of services for health and welfare. Thirdly, the risk of increased surveillance from police as they enforce social distancing, with the ramping up of stigma towards sex workers as conduits for disease. As skeleton staffing…

COVID-19, Command Mode and Contact

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): Laura Frampton

Laura Frampton – Head of Service, HMP Thameside. In line with COVID-19 government guidelines, I am considered a key worker and as such, people dutifully clap for my colleagues and I every Thursday at 8pm. I work for a third sector organisation, Catch22, as Head of Service at HMP Thameside, a category B local resettlement prison, operated by Serco - the only London based Contracted Prison. As Head of Service, I am responsible for leading on the development and delivery of Catch22 Offender Management…

Desistance from lockdown

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): David Honeywell

Dr David Honeywell, Research Assistant at the University of Manchester and Criminology Lecturer at the University of Hull Introduction During this difficult period of lockdown, I have begun to make comparisons between the process of desistance and the impending collective recovery from the social and psychological impact of coronavirus. Desistance is a theory that examines how ex-offenders abstain from crime (see Farrall & Calverley, 2006) and transform their identities (Giordano et al, 2002;…

How to write your Covid-19 blog

Published: 18/05/2020 | Author(s): Kevin Wong, Jean Hine

If you want to write about your experiences.  Here is our how to guide. Length Your blog doesn’t have to be long, between 600 to 800 words.  This guidance is around 230 words. Structure You may want to structure it in the following way: If you are a practitioner: Describe briefly what kind of service and/or organisation you work for. Tell us about the problem and challenge.  We suggest you focus on one thing. Tell us how you solved it. If you are a service user: Tell us about…

‘PEOPLE GET KILLED CAUSE OF THERE [THEIR] SKIN. IT CANNOT BE STOPPED’: A MIDLANDS CASE STUDY CONSIDERING EXPERIENCES OF RACISM AMONGST PUPILS IN UK SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY

Published: 26/02/2020 | Author(s): Sarah Page

Sarah Page, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Staffordshire University and Co-Director of the Staffordshire University Crime and Society Research Group In 2018 an academic partnership research team from Staffordshire University School of Law, Policing and Forensics conducted fieldwork with young people in secondary schools and college students.  We endeavoured to find out about race-hate and race-hate related extremism encounters based on secondary school experiences and in the…

Women’s needs on probation, should be, but are not being addressed…

Published: 07/02/2020 | Author(s): Rachel Goldhill

    In the article for the BJCJ, “Challenges of gender-responsivity in probation work”, I report on findings from my PhD research (2011-2015), examining the supervision of women probationers in England. My research took place during a period of substantial change and uncertainty in the probation service, prior to and during the implementation process (January 2014 to February 2015) of Transforming Rehabilitation (TR). Included is a focus on Corston’s (2007) recommendations…

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