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Transforming ProbationSocial Theories and the Criminal Justice System$
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Philip Whitehead

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327653

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327653.001.0001

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Probation and criminal justice, 1997–2015: from New Labour to the Coalition government

Probation and criminal justice, 1997–2015: from New Labour to the Coalition government

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(p.3) One Probation and criminal justice, 1997–2015: from New Labour to the Coalition government
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Transforming Probation
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Philip Whitehead

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327653.003.0002

This chapter excavates substantive developments in probation, criminal justice, and penal policy, from the election of new labour in 1997 to the end of coalition government in 2015. New labour modernised and the coalition government transformed the criminal justice system, an essential component of public service reform. The latter constituted a series of political incursions that culminated in a rehabilitation revolution. By October 2014 a large proportion of probation work had been privatised through the creation of 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies. Payment by Results is an important signifier of substantive ideological and material changes throughout the system of justice in England and Wales.

Keywords:   rehabilitation revolution, new labour, coalition government, probation, Payment by Results

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