Robert Canton: Anger, fear, shame and disgust. Does remorse matter? Why do we struggle to talk about feelings in the ‘Justice’ world?

Rob Canton is Professor in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Before joining De Montfort, he worked in the Probation Service for some 20 years in a number of different roles. Rob has contributed to probation development and general penal reform in more than ten different countries, mostly in Europe. He was co-opted to the Council of Europe to develop the European Probation Rules (2007 - 10) and again in 2015 - 2016 to revise the European Rules on Community Sanctions and Measures. He also acted as a Specialist Adviser to the House of
Commons Justice Select Committee in its Inquiry into the Role of the Probation Service (2010 - 11).

Rob has written a number of articles and book chapters, many about probation, although also about international work and policy transfer. His book, Probation: Working with Offenders , was published by Routledge in 2011, and a second edition, Probation , written with Jane Dominey, came out at the end of 2017. More recently, he has been trying to understand punishment more widely and Why Punish? An Introduction to the Philosophy of Punishment was published by Palgrave Macmillan in June 2017.

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