The 4Cs or lost at sea? an exploration of the impact of the offender management model on the resettlement of long-term prisoners

Asker, Jane (2012) The 4Cs or lost at sea? an exploration of the impact of the offender management model on the resettlement of long-term prisoners. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The Offender Management Model (OMM) enables the effective resettlement of those released from prison on licence by delivering services that honour principles of consistency, continuity, consolidation and commitment. Or does it? This study has asked a sample of seven adult men convicted of the most serious offences and who represent some of the most socially excluded members of society. Following their release from lengthy prison sentences, the men participated in narrative interviews to allow their voices to be heard. This method augments previous research findings which either focus on the resettlement needs of short-term prisoners, monitor targets or predate the OMM.
    The research interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to explore in detail the men’s experience of being supervised on licence under the OMM to consider the implications for probation work and resettlement practice. Whilst the men hoped for support and assistance to overcome the harmful impact of imprisonment and the challenges of being released, they have struggled to know how to respond to probation. With a perceived emphasis on managing risk and recalling prisoners, rather than being an agency to support and consolidate change and resettlement, probation becomes a dangerous beast to those it controls. The role of the probation service thus presents at least two theoretical dilemmas in determining how to strike a balance in between the care for and control of those being supervised.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 11:27
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10662

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