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Risk and rehabilitation
Management and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system

Aaron Pycroft, Suzie Clift
Hardback, 216 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
10 Oct 2012


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“Edited by Aaron Pycroft and Suzie Clift, Risk and Rehabilitation, focuses on risk and rehabilitation with reference to substance abuse and mental health problems. The chapters in this volume are of a high quality and examine the nature of risk and rehabilitation, especially the ways in which the risk paradigm has distorted both rehabilitative ideas as well as the practice of working with people who have multiple and complex needs. The final chapter in this book, “Relationship and Rehabilitation in a post ‘what works’ era,” is a particularly important contribution to the literature.” Clemens Bartollas, Professor of Criminology, University of Northern Iowa
"This multi-authored book ably edited by Aaron Pycroft and Suzie Clift is a welcome addition to the criminological canon."
Probation Journal
“A topical, insightful collection, drawing useful insights from both research and practice, on contemporary developments in working with offenders who are highly stigmatised and face substantial barriers in seeking desistance and reintegration.” Professor Alex Stevens, University of Kent

About This Book

Substance misuse (including alcohol) and mental health problems constitute a significant proportion of the work carried out in the criminal justice system. Approaches to these often intractable problems have seen the rise of a dominant risk paradigm concerned with public protection and the use of coercion through court orders to access treatment. This original and valuable book considers notions of risk and rehabilitation in detail within the practice of those court orders, whilst contextualising them within a wider comparative literature and research base. The efficacy of these approaches, practice issues and innovations including for example therapeutic jurisprudence are analysed. Risk and rehabilitation also includes discussions of the implications for partnership working and the importance of reconfiguring the nature of rehabilitative relationships. This is a timely book as probation practice in the UK and elsewhere moves into a post 'what works' era, providing opportunities to review the evidence base for effective interventions.

Author Biography

Aaron Pycroft is Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth where he writes, teaches and researches on theory, policy and interventions with substance misuse. Suzie Clift is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Greenwich where she teaches and researches on the theory and practice of risk with particular emphasis on notions of dangerousness within criminal justice.


Introduction ~ Aaron Pycroft and Suzie Clift;The Numbers Game : A Systems Perspective on Risk ~ Paul Jennings and Aaron Pycroft
Risk, Assessment and the Practice of Actuarial Justice ~ Suzie Clift;The Mental Health Act and Dual Diagnosis: Public Protection and Legal Dilemmas in Practice ~ Graham Noyce
Risk and Rehabilitation: A Fusion of Concepts? ~ Dennis Gough
Seeking Out Rehabilitation within the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement ~ Bernie Heath
The Mental Health Treatment Requirement: The Promise and the Practice ~ Francis Pakes and Jane Winstone
The Alcohol Treatment Requirement: Drunk but Compliant ~ Aaron Pycroft
Community Orders and the Mental Health Court Pilot: A service user perspective of what constitutes a quality and effective intervention ~ Jane Winstone and Francis Pakes
Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Drugs Courts and Mental Health Courts: The U.S Experience ~ Katherine van Wormer and Saundra Starks
Relationship and Rehabilitation in a Post What Works Era ~ Aaron Pycroft.


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