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Paul Senior

Published: 24/06/2019 | Author(s):

Paul Senior the co-founder of this journal and Co-Editor from the first issue in 2002 until his retirement in 2016 recently passed away.  He made a significant contribution to the journal and more widely to probation practice, training and research. He will be much missed. In tribute to Paul, we are featuring a special back issue of the journal. It was the last one that Paul edited and the papers form a collection of thought pieces and reflections on probation: practice, principles and ethos. …

Public Protection? The Implications of Grayling’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ Agenda on the Safety of Women and Children: A Review, 5 Years On

Published: 12/03/2019 | Author(s): Beverley Gilbert

By Beverley Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Domestic Violence, University of Worcester In 2013 I wrote an article published in a special edition of British Journal of Community Justice (BJCJ) suggesting that the proposed Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda would jeopardise the work undertaken with perpetrators of domestic abuse (Gilbert, 2013). I suggested that under new changes proposed by the then Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, domestic abuse cases would be assigned to the private…

Young Adult Women in Custody

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Rona Epstein

In 2016 the Transition to Adult Alliance published its research report on young women in the criminal justice system, Meeting the needs of young adult women in prison, by Rob Allen.  Studies have shown that almost half of girls under 18 in custody have reported having been in local authority care at some point in their childhoods. This is almost certainly the case for young adult women in custody as well. Many have suffered from abuse and trauma, and experience mental health and addiction problems.…

Emotion, Time, and the Voice of Women Affected by the Criminal Justice Process: Corston and the Female Offender Strategy

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Beverley Gilbert, Kristy O’Dowd

Many organisations, including criminal justice sector organisations, have an expectation that change should occur quickly in the lives of the women with whom they work. As a result, organisational (or process) time readily overrides that of service-user time. Time limited criminal justice processes are reducing the opportunity to work within the women service user’s timeframes in order to enable them to make long-term changes in their lives, and to develop their own positive personal capacities.…

Patients or Prisoners – Implications of Overlooking Mental Health Needs of Female Offenders

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Samantha Mason, Jon Parry, Sabina Enback, Adela Sobrepera

The Corston report (1) is a government commissioned research and recommendations paper on imprisoned women issues, led by Baroness Corston and published in 2007.  It highlights that issues such as physical and mental health, education and family are particularly pertinent to female prisoners and contribute to the social isolation that many of these women feel. The report provided a set of recommendations to better address the particular circumstances female prisoners face such as improved treatment…

Community sentencing works… I’m living proof!

Published: 23/01/2019 | Author(s): Kim McGuigan

This blog post was previously published by Community Justice Scotland in September 2017. In March 2013, I was sentenced to a two-year supervision order (probation) and a deferred sentence for two years. It was the beginning of my journey into the person and, more importantly for my wee boy’s development, the mother I am now.  I look at how my life was four years ago and I don’t even recognise the person I used to be. I was expecting a custodial sentence, I prayed and prayed that…