Reflections on: Rethinking What Works with Offenders

Jose Cid, Martine Herzog-Evans, Isabelle Fortine-Dufou, Mark Halsey

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It is a privilege to offer a retrospective commentary on Stephen Farrall’s highly influential text Rethinking What Works with Offenders (RWWwO). With just shy of 1,000 Google Scholar citations, it ranks as the leading work on the topic of probation and desistance from crime. The observations I want to make about Farrall’s book span the areas of project originality, methodology, conceptual clarity as well as implications for my own work. In the spirit of this edition, what I offer in the following are my personal reflections on a work published some two decades previously. To that extent, I have dispensed with extensive referencing and adopted more of a biographical style and tone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking what works with offenders
Subtitle of host publicationProbation, social context and desistance from crime
EditorsStephen Farrall
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages5
Edition20th anniversary edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781003143789
ISBN (Print)9780367698966, 9780367699000
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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