Escape Routes: Contemporary Perspectives on Life After Punishment addresses the reasons why people stop offending, and the processes by which they are rehabilitated or resettled back into the community. Engaging with, and building upon, renewed criminological interest in this area, Escape Routes nevertheless broadens and enlivens the current debate. First, its scope goes beyond a narrowly-defined notion of crime and includes, for example, essays on religious redemption, the lives of ex-war criminals, and the relationship between ethnicity and desistance from crime. Second, contributors to this volume draw upon a number of areas of contemporary research, including urban studies, philosophy, history, religious studies, and ethics, as well as criminology. Examining new theoretical work in the study of desistance and exploring the experiences of a number of groups whose experiences of life after punishment do not usually attract much attention, Escape Routes provides new insights about the processes associated with reform, resettlement and forgiveness. Intended to drive our understanding of life after punishment forward, its rich array of theoretical and substantive papers will be of considerable interest to criminologists, lawyers, and sociologists.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Life after Punishment: Identifying New Strands in the Research Agenda, Stephen Farrall, Shadd Maruna, Mike Hough and Richard Sparks 1. Applying Redemption through Film: Challenging the Sacred-Secular Divide, Christopher Deacy 2. Steps Towards Desistance Among Male Young Adult Recidivists, Anthony Bottoms and Joanna Shapland 3.Youth Justice? The Impact of System Contact on Patterns of Desistance, Lesley McAra and Susan McVie 4. Feminist Research, State Power and Executed Women: The Case of Louie Calvert, Anette Ballinger 5. Paths of Exclusion, Inclusion and Desistance: Understanding Marginalized Young People’s Criminal Careers, Robert MacDonald, Colin Webster, Tracy Shildrick and Mark Simpson 6. The Reintegration of Sexual Offenders: From a ‘Risks’ to a ‘Strengths-Based’ Model of Offender Resettlement, Anne-Marie McAlinden 7. All in the Family: The Importance of Support, Tolerance and Forgiveness in the Desistance of Male Bangladeshi Offenders, Adam Calverley 8. Inside-Out – Transitions from Prison to Everyday Life: A Qualitative Longitudinal Approach, Mechthild Bereswill 9. "I Can’t make my Own Future": White-Collar Offenders’ Anticipation of Release from Prison, Ben Hunter 10. Life after Punishment for Nazi War Criminals. Reputation, Careers and Normative Climate in Post-War Germany, Susanne Karstedt
Stephen Farrall is Professor of Criminology at the School of Law, Sheffield University.
Professor Mike Hough is Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research.
Professor Shadd Maruna is the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.
Richard Sparks is Director of Research and Professor of Criminology at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.