'The year 2007 marks the centenary of the statutory inauguration of the probation service in England and Wales, but it also sees the presentation to Parliament of a Bill that will − in the name of contestability − radically alter the organizational arrangements for delivering the traditional tasks of the service. In this turbulent context, the appearance of an authoritative and comprehensive Handbook of Probation, edited and written by acknowledged experts, is most timely and relevant.' − Sir Anthony Bottoms Emeritus Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Cambridge University
'The distinguished editors have assembled a team of distinguished contributors to produce a substantial and authoritative collection. It will quickly become, and should remain, an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the present state of probation services in the United Kingdom, and in how they might develop.' − Professor David Smith, University of Lancaster
Loraine Gelsthorpe is Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Director of the MPhil Programme in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; she is also a Fellow of Pembroke College.
Rod Morgan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Until February 2007 he was Chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and prior to that, HM Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales.