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The voluntary sector and the mandatory statutory supervision requirement: expanding the carceral net

Tomczak, Philippa

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Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice


© 2015 The Author. Recent penal policy developments in England and Wales emphasize the role for voluntary organizations. Voluntary organizations play an important and increasing role in punishment, including imprisonment and supervision, but the effects of their work are ill understood. Existing literature is ambivalent: Some argue such work empowers and builds social capital; for others, it extends control. This tension is addressed by analysing two payment-by-results pilot schemes. This analysis adds to the limited empirical knowledge about voluntary organizations. It demonstrates how their involvement in these pilots enabled and justified the new 12-month mandatory statutory supervision requirement, significantly extending the spatial and temporal reach of carceral power. The conclusion considers the theoretical implications of this analysis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 28, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 3, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2018
Journal British Journal of Criminology
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 1464-3529
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 1
Pages 152-171
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record Philippa Tomczak; The Voluntary Sector and the Mandatory Statutory Supervision Requirement: Expanding the Carceral Net, The British Journal of Criminology, Volume 57, Issue 1, 1 January 2017, Pages 152–171 is available online at:


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