Please find here a new and informative brochure on what probation is and does.

The brochure is based on scientific insights and practical experience. The authors have extensive, transnational experience in probation management and policy. They conduct research and teach in the field of probation. Details of the academic sources supporting the various statements made in this document regarding matters such as the efficacy of probation are available from

About the authors:

Jacqueline Bosker is Associate Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands. She directs a research group Working with Mandated Clients, which studies probation and prison services and forensic care. She also teaches professionals from various forensic and social organizations in de Master Forensic Social Professional. Before taking up her current post, Ms Bosker worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Dutch Probation Service.

Leo Tigges has worked at the Dutch Ministry of Justice, as Operational Director of the Dutch Probation Service, and as Secretary General of CEP (the European Confederation of Probation). He now works independently as a consultant in community-based justice, including capacity building in Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, as a member of the UK Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel, and as a researcher in the field of probation.

Renée Henskens is a senior researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the etherlands. She is familiar with probation work through previous work experience. The overall aim of her work is to improve practice by connecting scientific knowledge, professional expertise and client experiences. Renée is also a teacher for the master’s programme Forensic Social Professional.

The authors were supported by an Advisory Committee:

  • Maret Miljan, Head of the Prison Management Department and Lecturer Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
  • Gerry McNally, President of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and Assistant Director in the Probation Service in Ireland
  • Ioan Durnescu, Professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Romania
  • Brian Heath, visiting fellow at university of South Wales, former Chief Probation Officer of the Jersey Probation and After Care Service
  • Stephen Pitts, Consultant in Community-Based Justice and Ambassador – Confederation of European Probation (CEP)
  • Koen Goei, Programme Manager for probation with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.

The Netherland Helsinki Committee, the Centre for International Legal Cooperation and other relevant partners in the field will use this brochure in their activities helping countries to establish or upgrade probation services.

In addition to the brochure work is now being done on a short promotion film that brings to light multi-stakeholder perspectives on the value and effectiveness of probation.

More information available soon!