Questions of legitimacy in probation practice after Transforming Rehabilitation

John Deering, Martina Feilzer

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    In this article, we discuss the impact of changes to the organisational structure of probation on the legitimacy of probation practice. In particular, we explore how the division of probation into the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies could affect the self-legitimacy felt by probation practitioners in both organisations and the implications for probation of a possible lack of overall legitimacy post-Transforming Rehabilitation. This article is based on empirical research exploring the views of probation staff of the (then) impending changes introduced via Transforming Rehabilitation and reflections on what has happened since.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)158-175
    JournalHoward Journal of Criminal Justice
    Issue number2
    Early online date6 Apr 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017


    • Probation
    • Transforming Rehabilitation
    • National Probabtion Service
    • Community Rehabilitation Companies
    • criminal justice system
    • Legitimacy and probation


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