IARS is pleased to announce the publication of Mind the Gap: Quality without Equality in Transforming Rehabilitation” a peer reviewed paper in the Special Edition of the British Journal of Community Justice. The paper presents findings from IARS’ recent research and evaluation of the services provided by the London Probation Trust, making evidence-based recommendations for the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

The paper is written by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, and forms part of IARS larger project “Embedding Race Equality in Probation”The paper follows the 2013 publication Gavrielides, T. and Blake, S. (2013). Race in Probation: Improving outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation services, IARS Publications: London. ISBN: 978-190764119-0.


Paper Abstract

This paper forms part of a research project that started in 2012 and aimed at reviewing and identifying existing practices within probation that should be highlighted and maintained. The review focuses on the black and minority ethnic (BME) population of probation users. The nexus of our investigation was the London Probation Trust (LPT) and our primary research question was whether race equality can drive quality in the probation service. If the current reforms are all about competition and quality outcomes, then where does race equality sit? What made our question even more prominent and timely was the realisation that for certain probation service areas the highest percentage and indeed service delivery concerns revolve around BME offenders. London is no exception and given that 29% of its population (census 2011) is from a BME background, a similar high percentage should be expected for LPT’s users. In fact, internal LPT 2012 research has shown that out of the 41,091 offenders that the trust manages, 20,723 come from a BME community (London Probation Trust, 2012f). This accounts for half of LPT’s users.

About the British Journal of Community Justice

The BJCJ is a peer reviewed journal with three issues per annual volume published jointly by De Montfort and Sheffield Hallam University. The journal articulates, interrogates and debates research, theory, policy and practice and their interrelationships in the new domain of Community Justice and contains

  • Articles by practitioners, policy makers and academics conveying the latest in thinking and findings in this fast growing arena
  • Book reviews accessing all that is new and relevant in the field of Community Justice
  • Community Justice files: latest news, reports and information exchange on what is happening in the field

Issue 11.2-3 ‘Transforming Rehabilitation – Under the Microscope’

Such is the gravity and rush to change encapsulated in the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation proposals that the British Journal of Community Justice decided that the next issue would be entirely dedicated to comments on Transforming Rehabilitation.

The Editorial Board of the British Journal of Community Justice hope in this issue to provide a significant snapshot of some of the considered thoughts of academics, probation practitioners, ex-offenders and other commentators about the recklessness at the heart of these unwarranted, untried and risky changes. The double issue is now available, for a limited time only, ‘open access’ via the 11.2-3 page along with a heavily discounted hard copy, priced at £5.

To order your hard copy please send a cheque for £7 (this includes £2 P&P), made payable to ‘Sheffield Hallam University’, to the following address: FAO: Jessica Bamonte Hallam Centre for Community Justice Sheffield Hallam University Unit 10 Science Park Howard St. Sheffield S1 1WB Please include your name, address and a contact telephone number.

Dr. Gavrielides has published extensively on social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. His 2007 book “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . His 2012 book  “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”  was published by de Sitter Publications while the 2013 Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy is due to be published by Ashgate.