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Ambiguous endings to a supervisory experience

Although it now seems like a distant reflection, I was minded to recall working with Paola (not her real name) whilst reading an impressively moving...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 April 2019
News

Call for delay to government probation plans

Our Director, Richard Garside, is one of eight signatories on a letter to the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, calling for him to 'pause and reconsider' the government's plans re-let probation contracts to private companies.

The call comes in the wake of a damning National Audit Office report last week, which concluded that the Ministry of Justice 'should pause and reflect on whether its propsed approach is both deliverable and consistent with its strategic aims for the probation system'.

The seven...

6 March 2019
News

Joint letter in The Observer to David Gauke

The Centre's director, Richard Garside, is co-signatory of a letter to Minister of Justice David Gauke. 

The letter, mentioned in the weekend's Observer, expresses concern over the decision to re-let Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) contracts. ...

14 January 2019
Comment

Baby steps: Camilla's story

I recently returned to re-reading Edward Bunker's visceral and uncompromisingly powerful memoir of his life, in and out of prison, ...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
7 January 2019
Comment

The longer term view: Working with Arnie

 Whilst working in a community drug project I remember walking into work one Monday morning and seeing Arnie’s (not his real name) referral paperwork on my desk.

I had not worked long at...

By 
Gavin Wilkinson
12 October 2018
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Recognising a touch of humanity

I recently picked up a 1964 copy of Undertow, by the prominent American educator Helen Parkhurst, a remarkably moving account of the life of a 'juvenile delinquent' called Tony...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 October 2018