The Point of Probation. Rob Canton. Why probation?. To punish in the community To reduce reconviction To reduce the prison population. Could community sentences ever look like the ‘pains of imprisonment ’?
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… if probation is an agency for reducing reconviction, then it is that much harder to object to the involvement of any sector that is able to achieve this. If, on the other hand, probation is an institutional expression of certain values, this implies a quite different kind of debate about its organisation and governance.