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NCJ Number: 228243 Find in a Library
Title: Crisis of Identity: Nacro's Bid to Run a Prison and What it Means for the Voluntary Sector
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:September 2009  Pages:401-410
Author(s): Andrew Neilson
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 10
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Troubling issues for the voluntary sector are highlighted due to the presence of penal reforms and their implications to charities involvement in the bid to run a new prison in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: Argument is presented that a combination of poorly implemented market reforms to the criminal justice sector, and the increasing dependence of many charities on government funding is leading some voluntary organizations to compromise their campaigning and advocacy roles. There is risk to the identity of the voluntary sector with a split between quasi-governmental organizations and those charities that actually remain independent. Nacro, one of the United Kingdom's largest charities helping thousands of people in the criminal justice system a year, was one concerned with the contestability reforms. With Nacro's bid to run a prison, alongside private companies in a consortium, a combination of poorly implemented market reforms in the criminal justice system and the hyperactive expansion of the voluntary sector brought a prominent charity to the brink of an identity crisis, as well as highlighted the extent to which the voluntary sector as a whole faces a similar crisis of identity. Appendixes and references
Main Term(s): Volunteer programs
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections management; Corrections policies; Corrections volunteers; Privatization in corrections; Volunteers
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