By Bonita Veysey, Johnna Christian, Damian J. Martinez
At a time while the size of imprisonment within the usa has reached a historical excessive, researchers estimate that greater than 600,000 members a 12 months are published from criminal to come back to their domestic groups. those contributors have critical wishes, akin to discovering employment and housing, reuniting with kinfolk, and acquiring healthcare and therapy for alcohol and substance abuse difficulties. whereas study during this quarter has under pressure those features of the transition from felony, a much less explored region of analysis considers the function of inner identification shifts from that of an criminal to 1 of citizen, and the way this creates the stipulations for desistance from legal habit either in the confines of a correctional facility and within the reentry procedure.
This ebook provides a chain of reports (mostly qualitative) that examine person id transformation from criminal prestige to pro-social, non-offending roles. in addition, the paintings during this quantity highlights the views of the boys and girls who're present or previously incarcerated humans. every bit offers an empirical research of the interplay among present or former prisoners and cutting edge pro-social courses and networks, that are grounded within the most modern theoretical paintings approximately person transformation and alter.
This publication should be of curiosity to undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and academics in all fields in the social sciences, yet in particular criminology and felony justice and sociology and social work/welfare.
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While the findings from our study cannot be generalized, and this cross-sectional analysis does not tell us how long change is sustained, we offer several important points that might inform future research in the area. In analyzing these narratives, we find that the focus of change in fact has little to do with criminal behavior, but rather a multitude of other life experiences. Addiction was a prominent aspect of our participants’ lives, and for many of them incarceration was a manifestation of problems with substance abuse.
Despite years of trying different treatment options, it was the specific event of attendance at this meeting that was the catalyst for change for this participant. He continues: I have become an advocate for SOS and alternative sobriety groups in general. Attempting to influence professionals to include in their 24 j:book 30-6-2009 p:25 c:0 Moments of transformation treatment plans information on all the alternatives so clients are well informed and have choices in their quest for quality sobriety.
Obviously, we did not use the academic word ‘desistance’ in these conversations. Instead, we wanted to know how they (clients and counselors) understood the process of personal transformation (sometimes called ‘recovery’ or ‘rehabilitation’). We also probed all of the groups on the basic question of ‘how the rehabilitation process works’ or in other words how ex-prisoners desist from crime. Their responses indicate a delicate process of identity negotiation between counselors and clients in constructing this ‘transformation’.
How Offenders Transform Their Lives by Bonita Veysey, Johnna Christian, Damian J. Martinez