Difference and diversity in probation

Authored by: Loraine Gelsthorpe , Gill McIvor

Handbook of Probation

Print publication date:  May  2007
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9781843921905
eBook ISBN: 9781843926184
Adobe ISBN: 9781134014910

10.4324/9781843926184.ch11

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Abstract

In this chapter we focus on the issue of offenders’ different needs and whether or not it is appropriate to distinguish between them. The issues are central to conceptions of fairness, justice and discrimination. Following some preliminary discussion of what might be meant by diversity and what is known about different groups of offenders’ needs and treatment, we then look at ways in which the Probation Service has sought to recognise diversity in both past and current policies and practices — particularly with regard to the notion of ‘criminogenic needs’.

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