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Professor Peter Raynor

Professor Criminology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

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Professor Raynor worked as a probation officer until 1975, and much of his research has concerned the evidence base for effective probation practice. He has carried out research on victims of crime, drug and alcohol services, young offenders, social work education, unemployed young people, intensive probation, and the relationship between rehabilitation and justice and a range of other criminal justice topics.

A series of Home Office funded studies since the early 1990s has included work on the quality and effectiveness of pre-sentence reports; a pilot of a cognitive-behavioural programme for offenders; the confirmation of probation officers in appointment; risk and need assessment in correctional services; the resettlement of medium-term and short-sentence prisoners, and the needs and experiences of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic probationers. He has also worked on the development of prisoner resettlement services for the Romanian Ministry of Justice.

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Professor Raynor has produced over two hundred publications, and has carried out research on:

Victims of crime (for Victim Support, he was a founder member and chair of its research committee), drug and alcohol services (for the Alcohol Education and Research Council, the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board), young offenders (for the Children’s Society), social work education (for CCETSW), unemployed young people (for ESRC), intensive probation, and the relationship between rehabilitation and justice (supported by the nuffield Foundation), the development of prisoner resettlement services (for the Romanian Ministry of Justice), and a range of other criminal justice topics (for the National Probation Service, the States of Jersey and others).


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