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Reexamining evidence-based practice in community corrections: beyond 'a confined view' of what works

McNeill, F., Farrall, S., Lightowler, C., and Maruna, S. (2012) Reexamining evidence-based practice in community corrections: beyond 'a confined view' of what works. Justice Research and Policy, 14 (1). pp. 35-60. ISSN 1525-1071 (doi:10.3818/JRP.14.1.2012.35)

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Abstract

This article aims to reexamine the development and scope of evidence-based practice (EBP) in community corrections by exploring three sets of issues. Firstly, we examine the relationships between the contested purposes of community supervision and their relationships to questions of evidence. Secondly, we explore the range of forms of evidence that might inform the pursuit of one purpose of supervision—the rehabilitation of offenders—making the case for a fuller engagement with “desistance” research in supporting this process. Thirdly, we examine who can and should be involved in conversations about EBP, arguing that both ex/offenders’ and practitioners’ voices need to be respected and heard in this debate.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):McNeill, Prof Fergus and Lightowler, Dr Claire
Authors: McNeill, F., Farrall, S., Lightowler, C., and Maruna, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Justice Research and Policy
Publisher:Justice Research and Statistics Association, Inc.
ISSN:1525-1071
ISSN (Online):1942-8022
Published Online:24 August 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Justice Research and Statistics Association
First Published:First published in Justice Research and Policy 14:(1):35-60
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
556611DesKE (Desistence Knowledge Exchange) ProjectFergus McneillEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/I029257/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY

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