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Offender Rehabilitation

Offender Rehabilitation
Theory, Research and Practice

January 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Robinson and Crow have achieved the seemingly impossible: a book about rehabilitation that transcends the "medical model", that is original and contemporary yet grounded in a sophisticated history, and most of all that is fun to read. It will become a new classic text in a field that has been crying out for one' - Professor Shadd Maruna, Queen's University, Belfast

'In an age where there is much public and political confusion about many criminal justice matters, this book brings considerable clarity to the idea of rehabilitation, its theoretical and historical roots, and contemporary practical application. This is an accessible, lively, and critical account of a concept which is central to the shape of the criminal justice system in pursuance of something that will "work" to reduce reoffending. "Rehabilitation" seems to go in and out of fashion depending on the politics of the day, but the careful and thorough examination of the different contexts in which it operates and competing perspectives on its potential offered here highlights its enduring qualities. This is a fascinating and engaging book by two established and "real world" scholars which will serve students and policy makers alike in the fields of criminal justice and social policy' - Loraine Gelsthorpe, Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

This comprehensive text explains all the key themes in the development and practice of offender rehabilitation. It explores how the issue fits within its wider social and political contexts, giving an insight into its current and future relevance to criminal justice.

The book covers the full range of rehabilitative approaches, exploring how criminal justice responses have been influenced by trends such as the treatment model, 'What Works?', desistance, risk and public protection, and changes in social policy. It offers the following essential features:

" theoretical grounding - providing students with all the essential background they need in order to fully understand the subject

" historical context - enabling the reader to see how ideas, policies and practices have developed over time

" research focus - introducing the reader to questions about how rehabilitative approaches have been evaluated and debates about 'what works' for particular groups of offenders, such as sexual offenders and drug misusers

" study questions and further reading - giving students the tools both to revise and to expand their knowledge

Offender Rehabilitation both advances thinking about the notion of rehabilitation, and ensures that students of crime and justice can keep abreast of the most recent developments in this area.

Introducing Rehabilitation
The Theoretical Context

Rehabilitation in an Historical Context
Delivering Rehabilitation
Custodial and Community Contexts

The Evaluation Context
Reviving Rehabilitation
The 'What Works?' Movement

Assessing Offenders
Risks, Needs, Responsivity and Strengths

Offending Behaviour Programmes
Social Rehabilitation
Emerging Approaches
Rehabilitation and the Relational Context

Rehabilitation in the Twenty-First Century


This is an essential text for probation students and will be highly recommended as essential reading throughout the degree programme.

Ms Tina Eadie
Community & Criminal Justice Division, De Montfort University
January 3, 2011

a good book.

Miss Jodie Swallow
criminal justice, Glyndwr University
October 6, 2010

This has been adopted as indicative reading for our Level 1 unit: Introduction to Effective Practice and Risk Management. The book is laid out well, is written very clearly, is informative and concludes each chapter with some thought provoking questions. An excellent resource which provides probation students with the required theoretical grounding for their studies.

Mrs Bernadette Heath
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
September 30, 2010

An essential & refreshing (re)visit to the key themes of rehabilitation. Clearly written and well structured.

Ms Anne Rees
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
March 18, 2010

The book is quite well organized and discusses all the important topics, but lacks somewhat in the theoretical grounding Raynor & Robinson's 2005 Rehabilitation (macmillan) offers.
I will recommend this book to students for its coherent introduction to how rehabilitation can be made criminologically "sound".

Dr Stef Decoene
Law , Free University of Brussels
March 11, 2010

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