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Change or control? Developing dialogues between research and public protection

Weaver, Beth (2014) Change or control? Developing dialogues between research and public protection. Probation Journal, 61 (1). pp. 8-26. ISSN 0264-5505

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This paper aims to scope out some of the implications of desistance research for the community management of high risk offenders. Acknowledging the limited empirical research exploring this interface, this paper outlines the evolving evidence base and what this tells us about the process of desistance and what supports it. The evidence as to whether 'high risk offenders' desist and what we know about this process is discussed prior to outlining the landscape of current and principal practice approaches which can be located in the community/public protection model. Potential dialogues between desistance research and public protection practices are discussed to explore ensuing implications and opportunities for practice.