The issue of resettling ex-prisoners and ex-offenders into the community has become an increasingly important one on both sides of the Atlantic. In the USA the former Attorney General Janet Reno identified the issue as 'one of the most pressing problems we face as a nation' in view of the massive prison population and the rapid increase in rates of incarceration, while in the UK it has become an increasingly important issue for similar reasons, and the subject of recent reports by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Probation, as well as from the Social Exclusion Unit of the Home Office.

Yet this issue has not been well served by the criminological literature, and the new policies and programmes that have been set up to address the problem have not been well grounded in criminological thinking. This book seeks to address the important set of issues involved by bringing together the best of recent thinking and research into desistance from crime, drawing upon research in both the UK and the USA, and with a distinct focus on how this might impact upon the design and implementation of ex-offender reintegration policy.

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Part I Desistance Theory and Reintegration Practice

chapter 1|24 pages

Ex-offender reintegration: theory and practice

ByShadd Maruna, Russ Immarigeon and Thomas P. LeBel

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Part II Methodological Considerations

chapter 4|17 pages

Connecting desistance and recidivism: measuring changes in criminality over the lifespan

ByShawn D. Bushway, Robert Brame, Raymond Paternoster

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Part III Applied Research on Desistance

chapter 6|23 pages

Jail or the army: does military service facilitate desistance from crime?

ByLeana Allen Bouffard, John H. Laub

chapter 8|18 pages

Desistance from crime: is it different for women and girls?

ByGill McIvor, Cathy Murray, Janet Jamieson

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Part IV Desistance-focused Reintegration Research

chapter 9|32 pages

Beating the perpetual incarceration machine: overcoming structural impediments to re-entry

ByStephen C. Richards, Richard S. Jones

chapter 10|28 pages

With eyes wide open: formalizing community and social control intervention in offender reintegration programmes

ByFaye S. Taxman, Douglas Young, James M. Byrne

chapter 11|33 pages

‘Less than the average citizen’: stigma, role transition and the civic reintegration of convicted felons

ByChristopher Uggen, Jeff Manza, Angela Behrens