Perceptions and Practices of ‘Rehabilitation’ in a Community Rehabilitation Company: Disconnects Between Theory and Practice

Published 23/09/2021
Type Article
Author(s) Nicola Roberts and Katy Rohan
Corresponding Authors

Much academic writing has been published about the then government’s disastrous
Transforming Rehabilitation agenda and the subsequent impact of this on the part
privatisation of the probation service: particularly about the failure of the newly formed
Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) to meet targets (National Audit Office, 2019;
Roberts, 2018; Tidmarsh, 2020). Much less has been published about practitioners’ views
on working in a CRC. This article presents findings from interviews with such practitioners.
Whilst the wrap around community response provided to offenders is worthwhile in
principle, in practice the funding structures of CRCs hinder rehabilitative work and the
reintegration of offenders into the community.