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Probation Journal

The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice

Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Managing Editor:
National Probation Service (North West), UK

Published in Association with Napo, the Trade Union and Professional Association for Family Court and Probation Staff

Established in 1929, Probation Journal is a leading, peer reviewed journal that provides a national and international forum for sharing good practice, disseminating high quality criminal justice research and developing debate about the theory and practice of work with offenders. The Journal is read in 25 countries, and has gained a reputation for publishing material which is both of a high quality and accessible to a wide readership.

Probation Journal is published in association with Napo, the trade union and professional association for family court and probation staff and represents commitment to high standards of professionalism within the National Probation Service and wider Community and Criminal Justice Sector. However, editorial decisions are completely independent and the Journal's contents do not necessarily represent Napo policy.

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Probation Journal and SAGE award a prize to the best article published each year in the Probation Journal, with specific emphasis on informing policy and practice. The winning article is selected by the board in the year following publication.

Previous winners include:

Victim Awareness: Re-examining a probation fundamental
Jacky Burrows  (60/4, 2013)

Counterfeit DVD street sellers: Serious career criminals or individuals in a cyle of exploitation? by Shelly-Ann McDermott (59/3, 2012)

Re-education or recovery? Re-thinking some aspects of domestic violence perpetrator programmes by David Morran (58/1, 2011)

Who’s protecting who? by David M. Scott (57/3, 2010)

Evidencing sexual assault: Women in the witness box by Michele Burman (56/4, 2009)

Using attachment theory with offenders by Maria Ansbro (55/3, 2008)

‘Prove me the bam!’: Victimization and agency in the lives of young women who commit violent offences by Susan Batchelor (52/4, 2005)

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"During the recent decades in the complex and at times turbulent history of the Probation Service the Probation Journal has been a beacon of sound professional sense. Its commitment to the values of what 'probation' stands for, and its continuing dissemination of ideas and good practice from practitioners, academics and policy makers, has made it a source of sound advice and inspiration - in equal measure." Cedric Fullwood, Youth Justice Board

"I first read Probation Journal thirty years ago when I joined the Probation Service and I have seen it develop from little more than an in-house newsletter to a well-respected practitioner journal, keeping readers informed about key developments and debates affecting the Probation Service. It is entirely fitting that it should now join the ranks of mature professional journals and be more accessible to wider academic and criminal justice readerships, both nationally and internationally." Professor Anne Worrall, Reader in Criminology, Keele University

"I find each issue of the Probation Journal to be a valuable collection of information, research and description of current ideas and programs in working with offenders. Importantly, most of the articles are grounded in the practice of every day work with offenders. It is therefore very helpful both in my teaching of students who wish to go into the field of corrections, but also for me in my research." Denis C. Bracken, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

"The Probation Journal remains the most accessible and timely source of information and debate about policy, practice and research in probation in the UK" Professor Gill McIvor, Stirling

"As a practitioner, the Probation Journal is an invaluable resource for keeping up to date on issues and debates within Probation and the wider Criminal Justice System." Nicola Carr, Probation Officer

"I have pleasure in stating that my involvement with the Journal over the years, as reader, occasional assessor, contributor, has convinced me of its usefulness, not only to the immediate probation service readership, but to a wider readership of those involved in the criminal justice and penal systems." Professor Herschel Prins, University of Loughborough

Electronic Access:

Probation Journal is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Subscription Information :

Institutional subscriptions are available as part of the Probation Journal and European Journal of Probation Package. Click here for more information and to take out a subscription.

Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998) $2,470.00
Individual Subscription, Print Only $78.00

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Institutional, Single Print Issue $219.00
Individual Single Print Issue $25.00
Frequency: Quarterly eISSN: 1741-3079 ISSN: 0264-5505
Months of Distribution: March , June , September , December Current Volume: 62 Current Issue: 2
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