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Criminal Justice and Privatisation
Key Issues and Debates

Edited By

Philip Bean

ISBN 9781138330948
Published June 15, 2020 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Over the past few years, opposition to the privatisation in public services in the United Kingdom and elsewhere has grown, especially in areas related to criminal justice. Privatisation has existed within the British criminal justice system at least since the early 1990s, but the privatisation of the Probation Service in 2014 was a significant landmark in this process and signalled a larger programme of privatisation to come.

Criminal Justice and Privatisation works to examine the impact of privatisation on the criminal justice system, and to explore the potential effects of privatising other areas including the police and the security industry. By including chapters from practitioners and academics alike, the book offers an expansive overview of the criminal justice system, as well as observations of the effect of privatisation at ground level. By also exploring the way the private companies are paid, how they operate and what private companies do, this book offers an insight into and the future of privatisation within the public sector.

Written in a clear and direct style this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about the effects of privatisation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

  1. Privatisation in Criminal Justice. An Overview
  2. Philip Bean

  3. Probation for Profit: Neoliberalism Magical Thinking and Evidence Refusal
  4. Peter Raynor

  5. Electronic Monitoring, Neoliberalism and the Shaping of Community Sanctions
  6. Mike Nellis

  7. Who Needs Experts? The Commercialisation of the Probation Ideal
  8. Maurice Vanstone?

  9. The Gift Relationship: What We Lose When Rehabilitation is Privatised
  10. Lawrence Burke And Steve Collett

  11. Through the Gate
  12. John Harding

  13. The Role of Payment by Results in Privatising the Probation Service
  14. Russell Webster

  15. Privatisation of Policing; Objective Reform, Ideological Revolution or Subjective Revenge and Retribution?
  16. John Grieve

  17. Private Security and the Privatisation of Criminal Justice
  18. Adam White

  19. Privatisation Marketisation and the Penal Voluntary Sector
  20. Mike Maguire

  21. Contracts, compliance care and control. The experience of privatisation in one probation trust.Contracts compliance care and control: the experience of privatisation in one probation trust.Contracts, Compliance Care and Control: The Experience of Privatisation in One Probation Trust.
  22. Martin Graham

  23. Does it Work? Does it Pay?
  24. Nigel Whiskin

  25. Legitimacy in Probation and the Impact of Transforming Rehabilitation
  26. John Deering

  27. What Does Privatisation Mean for Probation Supervision?
  28. Jane Dominey

  29. Privatisation of Criminal Justice in Eastern Europe
  30. Simonas Nikartis

  31. Privatisation of Criminal Justice in Australia.
  32. Marietta Martinovic, Marg Liddell & David Daley Sessional lecturer, Criminology and Justice, former Director, Community Based Services, Western Australia Department of Justice.

  33. Correctional Privatisation in the United States.

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Philip Bean was formerly a probation officer in the Inner London Probation and After Care Service (until 1970) before taking up appointments for the Medical Research Council. He is now Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Loughborough. He is the author/editor of over 30 books and of numerous papers in learned journals mainly on mental disorder and crime, and drugs and crime, but also on other matters in criminology namely criminological theory.