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PhD (Cardiff)
MSc in Social Research Methods (Open University)
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (Swansea)
BA (Hons) History (Nottingham)


I was a probation officer before entering higher education. I teach across the criminology/criminal justice and youth justice undergraduate degrees and the Masters programmes.


Journal Articles:
Deering, J, Thurston, R, & Vanstone, M, (1996), ‘Individual Supervision and Reconviction: An experimental programme in Pontypridd’, Probation Journal, Vol. 43 (2), pp 70-76

Deering, J., Pike, S. & Thurston, R (2001) ‘Extending What Works Principles to Standard Orders: Findings from a Local Evaluation’, Probation Journal, Vol. 48 (1), pp 17-25

Deering, J (2010) ‘Attitudes and Beliefs of Trainee Probation Officers – a New Breed?’ Probation Journal. 57 (1) pp. 9-26

Deering, J. (2014) ‘A Future for Probation?’ Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 53 (1) pp. 1-15

Deering, J. & Smith, S.R. (2014) ‘Revising Wolff’s support for retribution as a justification for punishment: desistance, rehabilitation and restoring the status of victim and offender’.
Online: Howard League What is Justice? Working Papers 1/2014.

Deering, J., Feilzer, M. & Holmes, T. (2014) ‘The Transition from Public to Private in Probation – values and attitudes of managers in the private sector’. Probation Journal, 61(3) pp. 234-250

Brayford, J. & Deering, J. (2014) ‘Guest Editorial: Legislation and policy: in victims’ best interests?’ Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an international journal. 16(4) pp. 227-229

Deering, J. & Smith, S. (2016) ‘Revising Wolff’s support for retribution in theories of punishment: desistance, rehabilitation and accommodating individual and social accounts of responsibility’. Ethics & Social Welfare.10(4): 289-303

Deering, J. (2016) ‘Practice and Practitioners in 2020?’ British Journal of Community Justice. 14(1): 77-81

Deering, J. & Feilzer, M. Y. (2017) ‘Questions of legitimacy in probation practice after Transforming Rehabilitation’ Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 56(2): 158-175

Deering, J. & Feilzer, M. Y. (2019) ‘Hollowing out Probation? The roots of Transforming Rehabilitation’ Probation Journal. 66(1): 8 – 24.

Cowe, F., Deering, J. & Vanstone, M. (2007) ‘From Eclecticism to Orthodoxy in Practice: Can Theory and Practice Merge in Probation?’ In Steven R. Smith: Applying Theory to Policy and Practice. Aldershot: Ashgate

Deering, J. (2008) ‘R&R – a Brief Time in the Sun’ in P. Senior (ed): Moments in Probation. Crayford: Shaw & Sons

Brayford, J., Cowe, F. & Deering. J. (eds) (2010) What Else Works? Creative Work with Offenders. Cullompton: Willan

Deering, J (2010) ‘The Purposes of Supervision: Practitioner and Policy Perspectives in England & Wales’, in F. McNeill, P. Raynor & C. Trotter Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice. Cullompton: Willan

Deering J (2011) Probation Practice and the New Penology: Practitioner Reflections. Aldershot: Ashgate

Brayford, J., Cowe, F. & Deering. J. (eds) (2012) Sex Offenders: Punish, Help Change or Control? Theory, Policy and Practice Explored. London: Routledge

Brayford, J & Deering, J (2012) ‘Media Influences on Public Perceptions of Sex Offenders: Impact on Policy and Practice’, in Brayford, J., Cowe, F. & Deering. J. (eds) Sex Offenders: Punish, Help Change or Control? Theory, Policy and Practice Explored. London: Routledge

Annison, J., Brayford, J. & Deering, J. (eds) (2015) Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Bristol: Policy Press

Deering, J. & Feilzer, M. (2015) Privatising Probation: is Transforming Rehabilitation the end of the probation ideal? Bristol: Policy Press

Deering, J. (2016) ‘Voices from practice – what probation has been and what it could become’, in P. Priestly & M. Vanstone, (eds.) Probation and Politics: academic reflections from former practitioners. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Deering, J. (2019) ‘Probation values in England and Wales: can they survive Transforming Rehabilitation?’, In: P. Ugwudike, H. Graham, F. McNeill, P. Raynor, F. Taxman & C. Trotter (eds). The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice.1st Ed. London: Routledge

Research Reports:
Beak, K, Brayford, J, Cowe, F & Deering, J. (2006) ‘Progress to Work: an Evaluation of One Approach to Unemployment in South-East Wales’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Brayford, J. & Deering, J (2008) ‘The Night-Time Economy in Newport: an Evaluation’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Brayford, J, Deering, J & Jones, E (2009) ‘Awareness of the Sexual Abuse of Children in Wales: Report of a Small Scale Study using Focus Groups’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport.

Brayford, J & Deering, J (2009) ‘Student Perceptions of their Academic and Related Skills’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Deering, J. (2011) ‘Report on the Views of Team Managers and Practitioners able to Refer to the Integrated Family Support Team’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Conroy, M., Deering, J. & Williamson, S. (2012) Interim Report on Evaluation of Solas Cymru Clinical Psychology Service (CPS) Counselling Service. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Deering, J., Brayford, J., Culwick, M., Jones, E. & Waite, C. (2013) ‘Report on the introduction of the Integrated Family Support Team and the Early Intervention and Prevention Service to Newport Council and their impact upon working practices and culture within Children’s Services’. Newport: University of Wales, Newport

Deering, J. & Evans, J. (2018) AssetPlus and Desistance-Informed Practice in a Welsh Youth Offending Service. Treforest: University of South Wales


Co-Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


My areas of interest are the theory and practice of the criminal justice system, in particular the probation service and the youth justice system.

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