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Policing within integrated offender management

Cram, Frederick ORCID: 2015. Policing within integrated offender management. PhD Thesis, University of Bristol.

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Integrated offender management (IOM) is a term used within criminal justice to describe a multiagency form of policing designed to (variously) deter, incapacitate or rehabilitate offenders defined as prolific. This thesis is a study of integrated offender management in England and Wales and is both empirical and theoretical in its focus. It draws on existing and original research to examine critically the practices and processes that occur during the day-to-day ‘management’ of recidivist offenders within a unique criminal justice setting. The study explores both the experiences of those working within IOM but also those subject to the scheme’s dictates: prolific offenders. Accordingly, it considers the perspectives of these offenders, the police and other workers who form part of the IOM unit, including probation staff, prison officers and criminal justice intervention workers. A further aim of the study is to inform and refine theoretical debates about multi-agency working within a criminal justice setting and broader ideas about desistance. To do this I have situated what I found within theories about police decision-making and legitimacy. Based on these theories and empirical evidence, this study seeks to understand what kind of policing is taking place under the umbrella of IOM and with what implications for offender desistance, procedural justice and the proportionality of interventions in offenders’ lives?

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Law
Additional Information: PhD Thesis
Publisher: University of Bristol
Funders: Economic Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 12 January 2015
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2023 15:46

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