Faculty & Staff

Denis Bracken
Senior Scholar

Room 113 St. Paul’s College
University of Manitoba
70 Dysart Road

Phone: (204) 474-9264
Fax: (204) 474-7620
E-mail: Denis.Bracken@umanitoba.ca



      1994 - Ph.D., London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London, UK

      1974 - M.A., University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      1973 - B.A., College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA


Areas of Specialization:

      •        Social Work and Criminal Justice;

      •        Services to Victims;

      •        Aboriginal People & the Criminal Justice System;

      •        Historical Development of Canadian Social Policy.


Research Interests:

Social Work Education & preparation for practice in Criminal Justice; Desistance from Crime, Programs for perpetrators of family violence


Selected Publications:

Bracken, D. Ethnicity, Identity and Criminal Justice in The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology Edited by Deirdre Healy, Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly, Michelle Butler London: Routledge (forthcoming, October 2015)

Hart, M. & Bracken, D. Canadian Social Work Practice and Indigenous People in Social Work in a Global Context Issues and Challenges. Edited by Palattiyil, G., Sidhva, D. & Chakrabarti, M. London: Routledge (forthcoming, July 2015)

Bracken, D. (2014) Probation Practice with Travellers in the Republic of Ireland Irish Probation Journal 11 (October) 44-62

Bracken, D. (2014) Correctional Officer Training in Canada in Understanding Penal Practices Fergus McNeill & Ioan Durnescu (eds.) London: Taylor & Francis

Bracken, D. (2010) Criminal Justice Social Work in Three Countries in Taylor, R. Hill, M. & McNeill, F. (eds.) 21st Century Social Workers: A resource for early professional development. Birmingham: Venture Press

McNeill, F. Bracken, D. & Clarke, A. (2010) Social Work in Criminal Justice in Ian Shaw, Katharine Briar-Lawson, Joan Orme, Roy Ruckdeschel (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research. London: Sage

Bracken, D. (2010) Differing Conceptions of Risk & Need among Irish Probation Officers Irish Probation Journal 7 (10)

Mc Neill, F., Bracken, D. & Clarke, A. (2010) Social Work, Criminal Justice and their Reconfiguring Relationships. Revista de Asistenţă Socială 1

Bracken, D., Dean, L., & Morrissette, L. (2009). Desistance & Social Marginalization: The Case of Canadian Aboriginal Offenders. Theoretical Criminology.

Bracken, D.(2007). Probation in the US and Canada in Canton, R. & Hancock, D. Dictionary of Probation & Offender Management.  

Bracken, D.(2007). Risk Management and/or Punishment in the Community: Supervising Conditional Sentences. British Journal of Community Justice, 5(2).

Dean, L., Bracken, D. & Morrissette, L.(2007). Desistance within an urban Aboriginal Gang. Probation Journal, 54(2).

Bracken, D. (2004). Mergers between Community Corrections & Custodial Staff–the Canadian Experience. British Journal of Community Justice, 3 (2).

Bracken, D.(2003). Skills & Knowledge for Contemporary Probation Practice. Probation Journal, 50 (2).

Bacon, Brenda & Bracken, Denis.(2002). Evaluation of the Manitoba Justice Partner Abuse Short Term Intervention Program (PAST). Child & Family Research Group, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba.