Re-nationalising but not necessarily re-legitimating the Probation Service

Dr Sam Cole discusses recent reforms to the Probation Service in England & Wales, and the importance of legitimacy in facilitating desistance from crime.

The arches outside Birmingham Law School

Probation is one of the least well-known aspects of the criminal justice system. Policing, prisons, and trial by jury are familiar to many of us; yet the role and purpose of probation, or indeed, where this sits within the criminal justice system is less clear.