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Offender Rehabilitation

Offender Rehabilitation
Theory, Research and Practice

February 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This comprehensive text explains all the key themes in the development and practice of offender rehabilitation. It explores how the issue fits within its wider social and political contexts, giving an insight into its current and future relevance to criminal justice.

The book covers the full range of rehabilitative approaches, exploring how criminal justice responses have been influenced by trends such as the treatment model, 'What Works?', desistance, risk and public protection, and changes in social policy.

Key Features:

  • Theoretical grounding – providing students with all the essential background they need in order to fully understand the subject
  • Historical context - enabling the reader to see how ideas, policies and practices have developed over time
  • Research focus – introducing the reader to questions about how rehabilitative approaches have been evaluated and debates about 'what works' for particular groups of offenders, such as sexual offenders and drug misusers
  • Study questions and further reading – giving students the tools both to revise and to expand their knowledge

Offender Rehabilitation both advances thinking about the notion of rehabilitation, and ensures that students of crime and justice can keep abreast of the most recent developments in this area. It is also essential reading for trainee probation offers and professionals working in the criminal justice system.

Introducing Rehabilitation
The Theoretical Context

Rehabilitation in an Historical Context
Delivering Rehabilitation
Custodial and Community Contexts

The Evaluation Context
Reviving Rehabilitation
The 'What Works?' Movement

Assessing Offenders
Risks, Needs, Responsivity and Strengths

Offending Behaviour Programmes
Social Rehabilitation
Emerging Approaches
Rehabilitation and the Relational Context

Rehabilitation in the Twenty-First Century


Robinson and Crow have developed a satisfactory primer on the complex and increasingly important topic of offender rehabilitation...Offender Rehabilitation is well-written, easy to comprehend, and touches upon major issues in less than 200 pages... [it] provides a framework for scholars and students to understand the topic. It is easily read and written by experts in the field. Anyone interested in the topic of offender rehabilitation should read this book
Daniel W. Phillips III
The Kentucky Journal of Anthropology and Sociology

The focus of the book was not quite right for this course. I will recommend it to students on other course though

Mrs Megan Thomas
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
August 17, 2016

I have recommended this to learners on the Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice (Security and Offender Management) as well as the BA (hons) Security and Offender Management. Combines research, theory, policy, and practice in dealing with offender behaviour and rehabilitation

Mr Mark Jagus
Interdiscipline , Derby College
September 5, 2016

Useful well written text giving context, theory and legislation to this subject. Students themselves found this a helpful research tool

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
February 12, 2015

This book is excellent. It was recommended to me by a Criminology Lecturer at LJMU. Great overview of what rehabilitation is from a critical perspective and provides a nice overview of the ‘what works?’ movement. I highly recommend this book for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
May 9, 2014

I have strongly recommended this book to the Foundation Studies in Policing students and colleagues, as it covers many of the areas we address on our course, in terms of addressing offending behaviour, theoretical perspectives and up to date research in offender management. It is clearly written and offers an overview of the issues intrinsic in working with offenders.

Dr Georgia Spiliopoulos
Uniformed Public Services and Health, Social and Childcare, Sheffield College
March 26, 2014

This book allows you to really get your head around all angels of offender rehabilitation from understanding the historical developments to the more recent research.

I will definitely be adding this to my recommended reading for students especially in the lectures on the management of offenders.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
January 2, 2014

Clear and concise text, introducing theory and practice in offender rehabilitation. I would recommend this book but require a more in depth text for it to be considered an essential text. Alongside other texts this book would be more than adequate.

Miss Sarah Allen
ALSS, University Centre Peterborough
October 21, 2013

A well written, comprehensive and up-to-date review of the relationship between psychology, moral reasoning theory and offending behaviour.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

Good book, clearly written and a useful addition

Dr Richard Peake
Law , Leeds University
July 12, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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