Offender Management in and after Prison: The End of 'End to End'?

Mike Maguire, Peter Raynor

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In 2013 a joint report by the Inspectorates of Probations and Prisons in England and Wales concluded that offender management in prisons was ‘not working’ and called for a fundamental review. This paper considers why existing arrangements have failed and draws upon theory and research on resettlement, case management and desistance from crime, to define what a more effective system of ‘rehabilitative resettlement’ – both inside prison and ‘through the gate’ - might look like. It also comments on emerging proposals for radical change, including abandonment of the ‘end to end’ model of offender management by an outside probation officer and the development of ‘rehabilitative prisons’, in which more responsibility is placed on prisoners for managing their own rehabilitation, and a formal motivational role is created for large numbers of prison staff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-157
Number of pages20
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • Prisons
  • offender management
  • rehabilitation
  • resettlement
  • NOMS


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