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Pushing Back the Frontiers of Knowledge on Desistance from Crime

Lila Kazemian

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.003.0017
Pushing Back the Frontiers of Knowledge on Desistance from Crime

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This chapter summarizes current knowledge about desistance, the study of which has moved from event to process analyses based on a combination of social and cognitive factors. It argues that future research needs to integrate better several criminal career parameters, including desistance in frequency, seriousness, and versatility, and involve multiple outcomes such as improvements in mental and physical health and substance use. It also favors a better integration of desistance research with prisoner reentry programs and resiliency research.

Keywords: desistance; criminal career; prisoner reentry programs; resiliency research

Chapter.  2863 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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