Reducing Reoffending

Reducing Reoffending

by Fergus McNeill, Bill Whyte

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Reducing Reoffending provides a critical overview of social work and community justice in Scotland, taking full account of recent developments. The book is divided into three comprehensive sections. Part one of the book provides a critical analysis of the challenge of reducing reoffending in Scotland and locates this challenge within its historical context. Part one also reviews the available evidence about when, how and why people stop offending; about desistance from crime. This analysis exposes not only the complexities of desistance processes, but also the many difficulties that offenders face in making the related transition. Part two of the book provides an account of the legal contexts of criminal justice social work services in Scotland analysing both the role that social work plays in the sentencing process and its role in supervising offenders in the community. The final part the book addresses questions of how the practice of supervision might be best developed so as to support desistance and reduce reoffending, though the books final conclusion is that reducing reoffending requires a much broader commitment to promoting and realising justice in the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134042708
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/10/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow.

Bill Whyte is Professor of Social Work Studies in Criminal and Youth Justice at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Introduction: challenging times  Part One: Analysing the Challenge  1. The history of social work with Offenders in Scotland  2. Re-offending: Understanding the 'Problem'  3. Ending Offending: Supporting Desistance  Part Two: The legal Context  4. Advice and services to Court  5. Supervising Offenders in the Community  6. Prisons and Resettlement Part Three: Towards Effective Practice  7. Offender management or Change Management?  8. Developing Human Capital  9. Developing Social Capital Conclusion: Reducing Re-offending and Community Justice

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