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Supervising Donny

They say that meeting your heroes often disappoints.

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Mike Guilfoyle
3 December 2020
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'Putting in work' with Santiago

With the powerful momentum for enduring reform in criminal justice systems captured most recently by the Black Lives Matter campaign in mind, I was particularly moved on reading  Elliott Currie's timely analysis and policy blueprint for addressing the shocking levels of 'everyday' violence that besets many African American communities in the US.

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Mike Guilfoyle
5 November 2020
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A footballer and a probation officer

One of my more recent but infrequent forays into the Canadian correctional literature field was reading a lively and absorbing anthology of real life case histories written by a former probation officer, Doug Heckbert, entitled provocatively, Go ahead and Shoot me! 

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Mike Guilfoyle
2 October 2020
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A volatile probation relationship

Often when reading criminological tomes, a phrase or reference will leap out from the pages to evoke a memory of past probation practice.

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Mike Guilfoyle
17 September 2020
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Memorable speakers from my time in probation

It was whilst poring over the pages of Dan Werb's unsettling book, 'City of Omens', a troubling narrative of femicide on the US/Mexican borderlands, that I recalled a time in my probation career when my role in the union, Napo entrusted me with arranging guest speakers at branch meetings.

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Mike Guilfoyle
5 August 2020
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A busy morning in probation

Whilst I was reading Michael Tonry's timely and humane critique of many of the more damaging and unjust policies and practices of punishment and sentencing in the US justice system, a phrase jolted my memory of my time working in probation.

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Mike Guilfoyle
6 July 2020
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A brush with the criminal justice system

Whilst it was far from being an unexpected departure from my usual staple diet of criminal justice reading, I was jolted in a very visceral way having read the first few pages of Thomas Grant's keenly observed exploration of some of the more sensational criminal cases heard in the Old Bailey.

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Mike Guilfoyle
22 June 2020
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Tunes from another time

I suppose it was almost inevitable when I was reading a recently published and presciently informed book on risk control in criminal justice, that two pertinent terms in particular, risk and existential uncertainty, resonated most uncomfortably with me in the current all enveloping coronavirus pandemic.

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Mike Guilfoyle
2 May 2020