Corcoran, M, Maguire, M and Williams, K (2019) 'Penal drift' and the voluntary sector. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58 (3). pp. 430-449. ISSN 2059-1098

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This paper explores the concept of ‘penal drift’ - the gradual adoption of criminal justice culture, language and working practices - in voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) commissioned to deliver services to offenders. It identifies increases in coerced attendance, obligations to report non-compliance, targets to reduce re-offending, and contracts to ‘process’ high caseloads, as factors behind such drift, which can jeopardise relationships with service users and the sector’s traditional ‘value-driven’ approach. It is concluded that most VSOs have so far managed to resist these threats and to balance contractual obligations with adherence to core values. However, this comes at a cost in staff time and energy and is difficult to sustain. There are concerns that the longer term effects may be quite damaging to the sector.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: voluntary sector, offender management, criminalisation of social policy, penal drift, transforming Rehabilitation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 07:43
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 01:30

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