Drawing on detailed ethnographic material, Denney presents a challenging analysis of the complex processes by which black people are treated differentially by probation services, and offers suggestions for improved probation practice.
`... a welcome and important addition to the body of knowledge on racism in the criminal justice system' - New Law Journal
The underlying assumptions and perceptions of probation officers to "race" are crucial in understanding the nature of the service offered to black offenders. "Racism and Anti-Racism in Probation" analyzes the complex processes through which black people are differentially treated by the probation service. David Denney suggests that little systematic attention has been given to the nature of the relationship between probation officers' perceptions of offending, probation practice, and the complex meanings which underlie probation intervention with black and white offenders. Drawing on ethnographic material as well as on his own past experience as a probation officer, Denney considers the implication of recent changes in penal policy on the development of probation work with black people. "Racism and" "Anti-Racism in Probation" offers an analysis of anti-racist training and discusses how future developments may lead to an anti-racist form of probation practice.
Racism and Anti-Racism in Probation analyses the complex processes by which black people are treated differentially by the probation service. Drawing on detailed ethnographic material, David Denney shows how conventions used by probation officers can discriminate against black people. He considers the implications of recent changes in penal policy on the development of probation work and considers how future developments may lead to an anti-racist form of probation practice.
1. Race Racism and The Probation Service 2. Explanations for Offending - The Perceptions of Probation Officers 3. Social Work Practice with Black and White Offenders 4. Language Power and Convention 5. Racism and Anti-Racism and Probation Policy 6. Anti-Racist Directions in Probation Practice and Training