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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: July 2011
Keywords: voluntary sector, criminal justice, offenders, relationships with the state


Local EPrints ID: 186275
ISSN: 2040-8056
PURE UUID: 8d92a89e-20ab-4485-b816-75db319fc825

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Date deposited: 13 May 2011 08:31
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:47

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Author: Alice Mills
Author: Rosie Meek
Author: Dina Gojkovic

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