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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation

Unit code LAWS30661
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


Course Unit Content

The course unit is structured so that students can explore how offenders are managed whilst in prison, on release from prison and in the community.  Students are encouraged to use theoretical frameworks that are used in the management of dangerous and serious offenders.  It is taught using a participatory approach and students are assessed by means of case study.  The course structure is set out below.

Session Title

1. Theories of offender management

2. From rehabilitation to risk management – getting to grips with what works

3. Managing the transition from juvenile justice to the adult system – working with young adults

4. Approaches to domestic violence offenders

5. Managing Potentially Dangerous Offenders

6. The management of female offenders in prisons and in the community

7. Vulnerable offenders: mental health and criminal justice approaches

8. Transforming Rehabilitation – the privatisation and marketization of offender management

9. What went wrong?  Systemic and individual failings in the criminal justice system

10. Researching offender management – issues from the inside and outside


Aims of the Course

  1. To introduce students to the concepts of risk assessment and the management of risky populations
  2. To provide students with an overview of the scope and delivery of offender management in prisons and the community in England and Wales.
  3. To provide students with an opportunity to examine the management, control and treatment of people processed through the criminal justice system

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different custodial and community sentences
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management of populations assessed as risky
  • Locate current sentencing policy and practice within the political climate of evidence based practice
  • Identify and understand the challenges of diversity in the treatment of people in prisons and being supervised in the community
  • Critically evaluate current relevant legislative policy

Teaching and learning methods

20 hours of workshops; 10 hours of seminars plus individual feedback on the formative assessment.

The sessions will be delivered by a combination of the course leader and guest speakers from various criminal justice related institutions.

Assessment methods

  • A 3,500- word essay where students can choose one of the groups of people supervised in the criminal justice system that have been introduced during the unit. The essay should critically analyse the evidence for and pricesses by which these offenders are managed in prison and/or the community. This comprises 80% of the overall mark for this unit. 
  • An online multiple choice and short answer test which will consist of questions from material introduced throughout the unit. This comprises 20% of he overall mark for this unit. 

The formative assessment for this unit will require students to submit essay plans for which they will recieve individual feedback. There will also be multiple choice and short answer questions in a similar format to those in the test for the students to access throughout the unit. 

Recommended reading

Mair, G (2004) What matters in probation, Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing

Santatzoglou, S. and Wasik, M. (eds) (2015) 'Who Knows Best?'  The Management of Change in Criminal Justice Palgrave Macmillian: London

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 20
Seminars 10
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 160

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Caroline Miles Unit coordinator
Rosemary Broad Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Restricted to: LLB (Law with Criminology), BA (Criminology) and BA Social Sciences (BASS).

Pre-requisites: LAWS20412 Explaining Crime & Deviance unless agreed with the prgramme director

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