'Rob Canton’s book is a pleasure to read. It is comprehensive and full of wisdom. It sets out clearly the work of the probation service , its dependence on swift changing government policies, its strengths and its weaknesses. Not only students and practitioners, but politicians and policy makers should benefit from reading it. It also contains much that will be of value and interest to people in other European countries.' – Leo Tigges, Secretary General of CEP, The European Organisation for Probation
'A superb introduction to, and overview of, the theory, the policy and the practice of probation. A volume that will be of tremendous value to all those involved in both probation training and the broader teaching of criminology and criminal justice. It is set to become a fixture on reading lists for years to come.' – Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, LSE
'This exceptional book offers an inspiring and insightful introduction to probation studies. Somehow however, perhaps because of its insistence on questions of purpose and values, it transcends its principal subject matter; offering not just a comprehensive exploration of probation, but an invitation to think differently about justice and punishment. It deserves to be read not just by probation students, staff and scholars, but by anyone interested in a more progressive and humanitarian justice system.' – Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow
"The book is primarily aimed at students and those training to be probation officers however it is the link between everyday probation practice and a debate about values in probation that makes the book of interest to a wider audience...The book is an interesting read. It balances the need to give some basic information to the student audience with a wider debate that has probation values at its heart. The book is thorough in its examination of the equality and diversity agenda. This analysis provides a strong argument for why probation practice in England and Wales will survive despite budget cuts and the commissioning and managerialist agenda." – Probation Journal
"This important book is essential reading for all teachers, researchers, policy makers and practitioners who have an interest in the past, present and futures of probation not only in England and Wales, but also internationally." – Chris Crowther-Dowey, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University, in British Journal of Community Justice
About the Author
Rob Canton is Professor and Head of Research in Community and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University, Leicester. As a former probation officer, he has done a great deal of international work, especially on behalf of the Council of Europe, and helped to draft the European Probation Rules.