Returning Citizens: A quiet revolution in prisoner reintegration



Graham H, Graham S & Field J (2015) Returning Citizens: A quiet revolution in prisoner reintegration. Scottish Justice Matters, 3 (1), pp. 32-33.

(First paragraph) THIS ARTICLE offers a brief overview of a desistance-oriented approach to supporting community reintegration in the state of Tasmania, Australia. While community service is typically discussed in terms of ‘payback' as a form of punishment, it can be harnessed in creative ways to support prisoner reintegration and desistance processes. Compelling contributions from desistance scholars (see, for example, McNeill and Weaver, 2010; Schinkel, 2014) advance the recognition that people with offending histories benefit from multi-faceted supports over time to change their lives, living conditions and life chances. Through this lens, the remit of supporting reintegration extends from a traditional blinkered focus on securing essential items to aid survival post-release, to include pursuit of identity change, relationships and resources which enable sustained desistance and human flourishing.

criminal justice; prison; reintegration; desistance; community service

Scottish Justice Matters: Volume 3, Issue 1

Publication date31/03/2015
Publication date online18/03/2015
PublisherScottish Consortium for Crime and Criminal Justice
Publisher URL…ningCitizens.pdf

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Dr Hannah Graham

Dr Hannah Graham

Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology