Vista has become EuroVista. It happened some time ago, but it is reflected more strongly now in the changes in the editorial team. John Raine, the long-term editor and source of inspiration for Vista and, for that matter, of the two first issues of EuroVista, decided to take a step back but remains a member of the editorial board so that the journal will be able to keep profiting from his knowledge and experience.
Professor Rob Canton from De Montfort University in Leicester and I were asked to become the new editorial team, and John Deering the book review editor. I am a Dutchman working in Norwegian corrections and with that constitute the continental input that is inherent in the cooperation between the University of Birmingham and the European organisation for probation CEP.
We hope the merger with CEP will create the conditions for a broader European orientation without reducing the high quality of contributions from the British Isles. The journal will to a large extent keep its own signature, yet with a much wider potential for material on the ever-fascinating subject of criminal justice in general and probation in particular. The challenges for probation are as diverse as they are similar for countries in Europe, depending on the various systems and their stages of development – or decay, as some might contend. The loyal Vista readers will feel satisfied by still finding much that is directly relevant for their daily practice, while at the same time being inspired by initiatives from abroad. The new audience will be able to learn from what always has been a guiding country in probation and one not afraid of experimenting. In the meantime they will also find EuroVista to be a mouthpiece for their own ideas and
experiences. In a time where the world becomes smaller and borders become less distinct, a European perspective can contribute much to best practices, and the journal provides access for all its readers to the largest probation network in this part of the world.
The CEP is focused on uniting probation in Europe, professionalising its practice and generally raising its profile. The University of Birmingham will continue to be its stronghold, not the least through the tireless Amanda Williams keeping track of all things Euro and Vista. CEP provides the means for free access to EuroVista for its members, thus creating a reading audience that is many times that which it was before.
That in itself should be enough to tempt anyone who feels that they have something to contribute in the field of probation to lift their pens (or start their computers) and start writing. The journal will continue to be published in English, but we will do our best to assist anyone who writes in another language.
So what do we find in the current issue? First of all we remember Jenny Roberts, who passed away towards the end of last year, and who has for a long time been a central figure for our journal. Thereafter the contents reflect the character described above: three main articles written by English and Dutch authors, and three forum articles by Spanish, Dutch and German authors. Jo Hermanns analyses the “wraparound”
probation model, and Sue King takes up the extremely important subject of the effect of sentencing offenders on their children. Jane Shackman and Beverley Radcliffe have written on their work in Turkey, where they were advising the new Probation Service as it develops its work with victims of sexual violence.
The CEP President Marc Ceron Riera and Secretary General Leo Tigges contribute with a short presentation of CEP for those who are not familiar with it, and Leo Tigges continues with an article on the various ways in which CEP tries to be a knowledge-based organisation. Jöerg Jesse describes the results of an analysis of the Probation Rules, presented at the meeting of the Director-Generals of probation in Dublin last February. Finally, five recent relevant publications are considered in the review section.
I hope all our readers, old and new, will find this issue of EuroVista just as fascinating to read as we found it to compile.