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A desistance paradigm for offender management

A desistance paradigm for offender management In an influential article published in the British Journal of Social Work in1979, Anthony Bottoms and Bill McWilliams proposed the adoption of a‘non-treatment paradigm’ for probation practice. Their argumentrested on a careful and considered analysis not only of empirical evidence about theineffectiveness of rehabilitative treatment but also of theoretical, moral andphilosophical questions about such interventions. By 1994, emerging evidence aboutthe potential effectiveness of some intervention programmes was sufficient to leadPeter Raynor and Maurice Vanstone to suggest significant revisions to the‘non-treatment paradigm’. In this article, it is argued that adifferent but equally relevant form of empirical evidence—that derivedfrom desistance studies—suggests a need to re-evaluate these earlierparadigms for probation practice. This reevaluation is also required by the way thatsuch studies enable us to understand and theorize both desistance itself and therole that penal professionals might play in supporting it. Ultimately, theseempirical and theoretical insights drive us back to the complex interfaces betweentechnical and moral questions that preoccupied Bottoms and McWilliams and thatshould feature more prominently in contemporary debates about the futures of‘offender management’ and of our penal systems. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Criminology & Criminal Justice SAGE

A desistance paradigm for offender management

Criminology & Criminal Justice , Volume 6 (1): 24 – Feb 1, 2006

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1748-8958
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10.1177/1748895806060666
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Abstract

In an influential article published in the British Journal of Social Work in1979, Anthony Bottoms and Bill McWilliams proposed the adoption of a‘non-treatment paradigm’ for probation practice. Their argumentrested on a careful and considered analysis not only of empirical evidence about theineffectiveness of rehabilitative treatment but also of theoretical, moral andphilosophical questions about such interventions. By 1994, emerging evidence aboutthe potential effectiveness of some intervention programmes was sufficient to leadPeter Raynor and Maurice Vanstone to suggest significant revisions to the‘non-treatment paradigm’. In this article, it is argued that adifferent but equally relevant form of empirical evidence—that derivedfrom desistance studies—suggests a need to re-evaluate these earlierparadigms for probation practice. This reevaluation is also required by the way thatsuch studies enable us to understand and theorize both desistance itself and therole that penal professionals might play in supporting it. Ultimately, theseempirical and theoretical insights drive us back to the complex interfaces betweentechnical and moral questions that preoccupied Bottoms and McWilliams and thatshould feature more prominently in contemporary debates about the futures of‘offender management’ and of our penal systems.

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Published: Feb 1, 2006

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