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NCJ Number: 121357 Find in a Library
Title: Social Work in Society or Punishment in the Community? (From Criminal Justice System: A Central Role for the Probation Service, P 22-35, 1989)
Author(s): R Harris
Corporate Author: University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB3 9DT, England
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The question of whether it is possible that social work and punishment can be done by the same agency is discussed.
Abstract: In the United Kingdom, social workers draw for their professional activities from: charity and philanthropy; Christian reformism; the psychiatric and educational services; the Poor Law; social and political radicalism; and State control. In these strands of social work are themes of both liberation and constraint which make social work an unstable activity; in most, if not all, areas of social work there is room for workers to justify widely different actions by reference to one set of principles rather than another. However, in the present justice system, a profession which strives towards sensitive and individualized judgments is being asked to manage a form of community punishment which will inevitably involve discretion shrinkage and increased routinization. 18 references.
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Social control; Social work; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Proceedings of the Clarke Hall Residential Conference held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, in July 1989.
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