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Palgrave Macmillan

What Works in Offender Compliance

International Perspectives and Evidence-Based Practice

ISBN 9781137019516
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book draws together the latest international literature on offender compliance during penal supervision and after a court order expires. Experts based in jurisdictions in Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada have contributed chapters which provide rich insights into international perspectives on offender compliance. The book highlights the multidimensionality of compliance, its dynamics and its mechanisms. There is also a detailed examination of the compliance issues that may be relevant to specific groups such as women and young people who offend.

There is a dearth of literature in the field of offender compliance during penal supervision, this book addresses the gap in the literature by presenting emerging international developments in compliance theory, research and practice.
This book will appeal academics in the fields of criminology, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work. It will also be a valuable resource for policy makers, criminal justice practitioners and other practitioners who are engaged in work that involves encouraging compliance with legal orders. These include police, prison, probation, youth justice and social service practitioners.

Pamela Ugwudike is Lecturer in Criminology at Swansea University in Wales, UK and a trained lawyer. Her interests include developing insights into evidence-based offender rehabilitation and exploring the dynamics of compliance with legal authorities. She is currently working on a variety of projects funded by the ESRC, Jersey Probation and Aftercare Service, Welsh Goverment and London Probation Trust, focusing on the delivery and impact of supervision programmes. Her recent publications and conference papers have explored the relevance of Criminal Justice policy and practice to compliance with court orders.

Peter Raynor is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University in Wales, UK. A former probation officer and social work educator, he has been carrying out and publishing research on effective practice in probation services since the 1970s. His previous books include Social Work, Justice and Control (1985); Probation as an Alternative to Custody (1988); Effective Probation Practice (with Smith and Vanstone, Macmillan, 1994); Understanding Community Penalties (with Vanstone, 2002); Race and Probation (with Lewis, Smith and Wardak, 2005); Developments in Social Work with Offenders (with Gill McIvor, Jessica Kingsley 2007); Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice (with Gwen Robinson, Macmillan 2009) and Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice (with McNeill and Trotter).

1. Introduction; Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor
2. Compulsory Persuasion in Probation History; Maurice Vanstone
3. What Counts? Community Sanctions and the Construction of Compliance; Gwen Robinson
4. Re-analysing the Compliance Dynamic: Towards a Co-productive Strategy and Practice; Patricia McCulloch
5. Self-Applied Situational Crime Prevention as an Aid to Compliance; Anthony E. Bottoms
6. What and Who Might Enhance Offender Compliance: Situating Responsibilities; Ralph C. Serin, Caleb D. Lloyd, Laura J. Hanby and Marianna Shturman
7. Compliance through Discussion: the Jersey Experience; Peter Raynor
8. Compliance in Prisons; Ben Crewe
9. Surveillance-Based Compliance using Electronic Monitoring; Mike Nellis
10. Compliance with Community Orders: Frontline Perspectives and Evidence-based Practices; Pamela Ugwudike
11. Offender Recall for Non-compliance in France and Fairness: an Analysis of 'sentences implementation courts' Practices; Martine Herzog-Evans
12. Compliance Dynamics: a Multidisciplinary Review and Exploration of Compliance Processes in the Belgian Context; Stef Decoene and Kristel Beyens
13. Effective Supervision of Young Offenders; Christopher Trotter
14. A Tale of Two Innovations: Motivational Interviewing and Core Correctional Practices in US Probation; Melissa Alexander, Christopher T. Lowenkamp and Charles R. Robinson
15. The Importance of Building Good Relationships in Community Corrections: Evidence, Theory, and Practice of the Therapeutic Alliance; Guy Bourgon and Leticia Guiterrez
16. Working with Women in Probation: 'Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?'; Loraine Gelsthorpe
17. Encouraging Compliance, Maintaining Credibility or Fast Tracking to Custody?' Perspectives on enforcement in the youth justice system; Tim Bateman
18. Achieving Compliance with Drug Misusing Offenders: Challenges for the Probation Service; Paul Sparrow
19. Conclusion: What Works in Offender Compliance?; Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor

Melissa Alexander, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA
Tim Bateman, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Kristel Beyens, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Anthony E. Bottoms, Cambridge University, UK
Guy Bourgon, Carleton University, Canada
Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge, UK
Stef Decoene, Free University Brussels, Belgium
Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge, UK
Leticia Gutierrez, Carleton University, Canada
Laura Hanby, Carleton University, Canada
Martine Herzog-Evans, Reims University, France
Caleb Lloyd, Carleton University, Canada
Christopher T. Lowenkamp, University of Cincinnati, USA
Patricia McCulloch, University of Dundee, UK
Mike Nellis, University of Strathclyde, UK
Charles Robinson, Grambling State University, USA
Gwen Robinson, University of Sheffield, UK
Ralph Serin, Carleton University, Canada
Marianna Shturman, Ottawa Institute of Object Relations Therapy, Canada
Paul Sparrow, Wolverhampton University, UK
Chris Trotter, Monash University, Australia
Maurice Vanstone, Swansea University, UK


"Pamela Ugwudike and Peter Raynor have assembled a remarkable collection of works spanning theory, research, policy and practice on an issue that anyone who works in the criminal justice system is faced with daily. Offender compliance is perhaps the greatest challenge before for those who deal with offenders whether it is at the therapeutic level or the level of control and the dispensing of criminal justice sanctions. The topics covered are diverse yet thematic bringing to the forefront the recent thinking on compliance with practical suggestions on enhancing offender compliance. This book serves not only as an introduction to the topic but also as an essential reference for years to come." - James Bonta, Director, Corrections Research, Public Safety Canada
"This is a high quality collection of essays on key dimensions of current debates about offenders' compliance (or non-compliance) with sentences, especially with Probation supervision. The issue is important not only to theory and practice around rehabilitation, but because of the multiple negative effects of people being sent or returned to prison for breaches of requirements. It is also highly topical as we move into an uncertain era in which large numbers of offenders on community sentences will be supervised by private and third sector providers rather the Probation Service. The book contains original contributions by many of the leading international writers on offender rehabilitation, including Sir Anthony Bottoms, whose writing has been central to the recent growth of interest in compliance. It contains both new theoretical insights and accounts of new empirical work. It also contains welcome chapters on international developments and on compliance by specific groups of offenders, including women and young people. It represents a major contribution to the development and dissemination of thinking and knowledge about offender compliance, and I am very pleased to recommend it." - Professor Mike Maguire, Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Cardiff University, UK
"The book is easily navigable with four sections divided into broadly policy and what is meant by compliance; offender motivation and the relationship between the key agents, practitioner and offender; evidence and developments in offender research and the contextualisation of compliance within a diverse demographic population. The strength of the book is that there are links and connections between and within all of these four strands and the structure of the book encourages the reader to explore these interconnections [...] Practitioners wishing to acquaint themselves with the latest thinking and research outcomes will find plenty on which to reflect." - Euro Vista Journal
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