‘You’re never really free’: Understanding the barriers to desistance for Registered Sexual Offenders in the community

Mann, Natalie and Devendran, Priya and Lundrigan, Samantha (2019) ‘You’re never really free’: Understanding the barriers to desistance for Registered Sexual Offenders in the community. Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8966

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between the current model of community sex offender management, which is underpinned by mechanism of control and enforcement, and desistance from sexual offending. Utilising data from qualitative interviews with 20 men convicted of sexual offences, we found that whilst existing practices offer some reassurance to those managing the public protection arena, they do little to encourage the substantive processes of identity change which is necessary for long term desistance. This raises important considerations for how current risk management practices may be improved to encourage desistance and community reintegration.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Sex offending, Desistance, Recidivism, Surveillance, Welfare, Reintegration
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 13:56
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704293

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