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6 Eur. J. Probation 3 (2014)

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Editorial                                                                E   JP

                                                               European Journal of Probation
                                                                       2014, Vol. 6(I) 3-5
Editorial                                                             The Author(s) 2014
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                                                             DOI: 10.1177/2066220314523363

Welcome to this special issue dedicated to 'probation privatisation'. As many readers
will know, this topic is currently very high on the penal-political and professional agen-
das in England and Wales, and politicians, practitioners and scholars in many other
nations are watching on with interest, not least in those places where electronic monitor-
ing or other community sanctions are already delivered in the context of private-public
   This issue is special for other reasons too. It is the first one produced in partnership
with SAGE. We hope that the European Journal ofProbation's collaboration with SAGE
will increase the production quality and the international visibility of our journal and
thus bring more readers and authors into an active engagement with the journal and the
topics it addresses. We are particularly delighted to announce that EJP will be published
as a bundle with Probation Journal; we are sure that fraternal relations between these
two journals will combine the strength of both so as to form a world-leading package in
probation studies. Indeed, in the future readers will see more intense cooperation between
these two journals. This first issue is a good example of how this cooperation may work
in the future: the editor of Probation Journal, Lol Burke, is our invited Guest Editor of
this special issue.
   Another new development is the arrival of Fergus McNeill as co-editor of EJP. As
co-editors, we have already started to think together about the future of the journal and
about the particular academic agenda that we want it to pursue. Perhaps the simplest way
to express this is to say that, true to its title, we want EJP to be a key source of and
resource for critical and comparative study of probation and other forms of offender
supervision. Though other journals (not least Probation Journal) can lay equal claim
both to our topic and our critical stance towards it, if the EJP has any claims to distinc-
tiveness, they will rest in its interest in comparative analysis and research. And while we
are rooted in Europe, we want to extend the scope of our comparative gaze from Europe
across the world.
   Why do we want to encourage, report and discuss comparative work on probation? A
comprehensive, if still tentative and developing answer is to be found in the recently pub-
lished collection of essays that represents the first major output of the EU COST Action
on Offender Supervision in Europe (http://www.offendersupervision.eu). In introducing
that collection, McNeill and Beyens (2013) argue that social scientists and other scholars
preoccupied with 'mass incarceration' have neglected the emergence of 'mass supervi-
sion'. The expanding scale and reach of supervisory sanctions - and their intensifying
forms, reframed ideals and altered practices - therefore require urgent scholarly attention.
While many probation scholars historically have been probation practitioners and remain

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