Harm and transforming rehabilitation

David Temple

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This chapter will assess at various levels the potential harm of ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ (TR). TR has revolutionised the management of offenders in the community in three key ways: the creation and sale of 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) based upon ‘payment by results’, the extension of statutory rehabilitation to those serving prison sentences of under 12 months, and the introduction of ‘through the gate’ (Ministry of Justice 2013). These measures will impact at various levels: private, public and voluntary sectors in control of CRCs, probationers, offenders, victims, and the general public. The chapter will critically assess the practical applicability of TR in a real-world setting, identifying its effectiveness and limitations. This work is based upon a combination of qualitative and ethnographic data collected before, during and after the National Probation Service (NPS) and CRCs were divided. My research identifies the experience of and attitudes towards TR from probationers. Probationers and the author’s own experience of operating in a probation environment clearly show a blurred line between crime and harm. Attempts to separate the two are problematic, given harmful activity discovered that is not necessarily criminal, or crime that goes unpunished and or undetected. Conversely and to a lesser extent, criminal activity that is either not harmful or can’t be properly addressed in a probation setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationZemiology
Subtitle of host publicationreconnecting crime and social harm
EditorsAvi Boukli, Justin Kotzé
Place of PublicationPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319763125
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCritical Criminological Perspectives
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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