The legitimacy of offender management programmes in a post-TR landscape

Rowe, Michael, Irving, Adele and Soppitt, Sarah (2018) The legitimacy of offender management programmes in a post-TR landscape. Safer Communities. ISSN 1757-8043

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Purpose: the article explores the under-considered perspectives of service users engaged in various community sentences based on a ‘strengths-based’ approach to desistance. Further to changes in the sector, the paper considers service user views of programmes delivered by combinations of agencies from private, public and third-sectors.

Design/Methodology: the paper is based on analysis of 64 semi-structured interviews with users of four programmes, accompanied with informal fieldwork observations by the researchers as they carried out the research at the premises of service providers.

Findings: the research finds that service user perceptions of the legitimacy of programmes is closely related to their understanding of three key dimensions: first, the 'authenticity' of those delivering the service, second, the instrumental (in broad terms) gains they expect from engagement, and, third, their understanding of the identity and ethos of the programme.

Originality value: the paper adds important understanding based on service user perceptions in a period when service provision is being diversified. Further directions for other research are identified and it is recognised that a limitation of the current study is that it incorporates a sample drawn from one area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legitimacy, Offender perspectives, Probation, Transforming Rehabilitation, Community sentences, Offender narratives
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L900 Others in Social studies
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Michael Rowe
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 12:22
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2018 07:40

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