Exploring the relationship between the voluntary sector and the state in criminal justice

Mills, Alice, Meek, Rosie and Gojkovic, Dina (2011) Exploring the relationship between the voluntary sector and the state in criminal justice. Voluntary Sector Review, 2, (2), 193-211. (doi:10.1332/204080511X583850).


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Voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) have a long history of engagement with offenders. Recent policy developments have aimed to increase their participation in the criminal justice system, leading to considerable speculation about the impact on the sector's independence and ethos. This paper draws on qualitative interviews with stakeholders in the voluntary sector and criminal justice fields to explore the effects of such developments on the relationship between the sector and the state, including the implications of opening the criminal justice market to VSOs, gaps between the rhetoric and reality of commissioning, and the potential loss of the sector's distinctiveness and critical voice.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1332/204080511X583850
ISSNs: 2040-8056 (print)
2040-8064 (electronic)
Keywords: voluntary sector, criminal justice, offenders, relationships with the state
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 186275
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 08:31
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:38
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/186275

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