Rethinking What Works with Offenders Reviewed by Judy Shaen-Carter, HMP Blundeston Stephen Farrall is a research Fellow in the Department of Criminology, Keele University. This book presents the ﬁndings of his research on ‘what works’ in probation, as he attempts to open the ‘black box’ of probation in order to discover what it is about probation supervision that works and the reasons why offenders desist from crime. Part 1 of the book includes three introductory chapters that outline the rationale for Farrall’s investigation. In his opening chapter Farrall reviews two key areas of criminological research: the evaluation of criminal justice interventions and the study of the course of criminal careers. He highlights that, although previous studies might By Stephen Farrall have addressed ‘what works’, they ignore how it works and why it works with some individuals but fails with others. In Chapter 2 Devon: Willan Publishing Farrall highlights the limitations of research and the problems (2002) surrounding the literature on probation outcomes, such as ISBN: 1-903240-96-5 implementation failures and non-replicability. Consequently there are no consistent results on ‘what works’, creating problems for those developing interventions and working with offenders. The readable style of this chapter provides good awareness of
The British Journal of Forensic Practice – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 1, 2005
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