How can we best help offenders desist from crime, as well as help victims heal? This book engages with this question by offering its readers a comprehensive review of positive criminology in theory, research and practice. Positive criminology is a concept – a perspective – that places emphasis on forces of integration and social inclusion that are experienced positively by target individual and groups, and may contribute to a reduction in negative emotions, desistance from crime and overcoming the traumatic experience of victimization. In essence, positive criminology holds a more holistic view, which acknowledges that thriving and disengagement from distress, addiction, mental illness, crime, deviance or victimization might be fostered more effectively by enhancing positive emotions and experiences, rather than focusing on reducing negative attributes.

Each chapter in this book is written by key scholars in the related fields of criminology, victimology and addiction and, thus, assembles varied and extensive approaches to rehabilitation and treatment. These approaches share in common a positive criminology view, thereby enriching our understanding of the concept and other strength-based approaches to dealing with offenders and victims.

This edited book elaborates on positive criminology core ideas and assumptions; discusses related theories and innovations; and presents various benefits that this perspective can promote in the field of rehabilitation. For this reason, this book will be essential reading for those engaged in the study of criminology, criminal justice and victimology and may also assist scholars and professionals to help offenders desist from crime and improve victims’ well-being.

part I|173 pages

Positive criminology in theory and practice

chapter 1|10 pages


‘The good' can overcome ‘the bad’
ByNatti Ronel, Dana Segev

chapter 2|19 pages

How can criminology (and victimology) become positive?

ByNatti Ronel

chapter 4|13 pages

Positive criminology, positive criminal justice?

ByFergus McNeill

chapter 5|20 pages

Strengths-based restorative approaches to reentry

The evolution of creative restitution, reintegration and destigmitization 1
ByShadd Maruna, Thomas P. LeBel

chapter 6|13 pages

Synergizing therapeutic jurisprudence and positive criminology

ByTali Gal, David B. Wexler

chapter 7|11 pages

Positive criminology and therapeutic jurisprudence

Relevant techniques for defense lawyers
ByDana Segev

chapter 8|5 pages


ByHal Pepinsky

chapter 9|14 pages

Israel's Juvenile Probation Service from the perspective of positive criminology

A critical review
ByEty Elisha

chapter 10|12 pages

Applied positive criminology

Restorative reentry and transition planning circles for incarcerated people and their loved ones
ByLorenn Walker

chapter 11|22 pages

The Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation

Working positively with sexual offenders
ByChi Meng Chu, Tony Ward

chapter 12|12 pages

Hotel prison check-out – hotel pardon check-in

ByJan De Cock

part II|59 pages

Positive criminology and addiction treatment

chapter 13|17 pages

Long-term recovery from addiction

Criminal justice involvement and positive criminology?
ByDavid Best, Elizabeth Aston

chapter 14|14 pages

Recovery as a social phenomenon

What is the role of the community in supporting and enabling recovery?
ByDavid Best, Karen Bird, Lucy Hunton

chapter 15|13 pages

Application of positive criminology in the 12-Step program

ByGila Chen, Keren Gueta

chapter 16|13 pages

‘Pulling myself up by the bootstraps'

Self-change of addictive behaviors from the perspective of positive criminology
ByKeren Gueta, Gila Chen

part III|104 pages

Positive victimology

chapter 17|13 pages

Theoretical and practical aspects of positive victimology

ByTyra-Ya’ara Toren

chapter 18|11 pages

Posttraumatic growth and positive victimology

The case of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women who resided in a shelter
ByMally Shechory-Bitton, Natti Ronel

chapter 19|15 pages

Restorative justice and domestic violence

A view from a positive victimological perspective
ByNadia Wager

chapter 20|16 pages

Irrational coping theory and positive criminology

A framework to protect victims of cyber crime
ByDebarati Halder, K. Jaishankar

chapter 21|15 pages

Between secondary victimization and positive victimology

The case of crime victims' right of privacy
ByHadar Dancig-Rosenberg, Dana Pugach

chapter 22|12 pages

Challenges of post-conflict reintegration of former girl soldiers

ByJanice Joseph

chapter 23|20 pages

Programs for female prisoners and positive criminology and victimology

The case of Serbia
ByVesna Nikolic-Ristanovic, Sanja Copic

chapter |7 pages


Present to future: a positive direction for criminology?
ByJohn Randolph Fuller