1st Edition

Holistic Responses to Reducing Reoffending

Edited By Ian Mahoney, Rahmanara Chowdhury Copyright 2024
    236 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Offering a range of theoretical and conceptual ideas as well as practical examples, this book provides a detailed insight into holistic opportunities for promoting desistance, reducing reoffending, and supporting (re)settlement and (re)integration.

    Providing a fresh lens through which to view existing debates within desistance and (re)settlement literature, the book encourages different perspectives and a new framing of current approaches. To this purpose, each chapter considers what embedding a person-centered holistic approach within the criminal justice system might look like, including ways of working within the confines of current processes, potential ethical considerations and how to maximize the potential impact to reduce reoffending.

    Interdisciplinary in approach, Holistic Responses to Reducing Reoffending will appeal to students, scholars, practitioners and policymakers within criminology, criminal justice, penology and prison studies.

    Chapter 1:  Holistic Responses to Reducing Reoffending

    Ian Mahoney and Rahmanara Chowdhury

    Part 1 – Considerations around Holistic Baseline Interventions

    Chapter 2: Re-inventing the Resettlement of Prison Leavers in the UK. Housing First, Rehabilitation Last.
    Colin Boyd and Paul Andell

    Chapter 3: Reimagining Prison-Community Transitions through ‘Resettlement Passports’: Critical Reflections on Citizenship, Stigma and Society
    Paul Hamilton and Joseph Hale

    Chapter 4: The Digital Desistance Manifesto
    Victoria Knight, Sarah Elison-Davies, Helen Farley and James Tangen

    Chapter 5: The Multiple Faces of Electronic Monitoring: Considering its potential as a holistic response for (re)integration, (re)settlement, and reducing reoffending
    Rafaela Granja and Sílvia Gomes

    Part 2 – Consideration of Specific Population Groups

    Chapter 6: Holistic responses as an approach to addressing minority needs in reducing reoffending 
    Rahmanara Chowdhury and Ian Mahoney

    Chapter 7: Muslim Males and Forensic Mental Health:  Current Challenges and the Value of Cultural Competence:
    Damian J. Terrill and Rahmanara Chowdhury

    Chapter 8: Lessons from public criminology for the reintegration of men with sexual convictions post-imprisonment
    Kirsty Teague

    Part 3 – Re-imagining support within Holistic Frameworks

    Chapter 9: ‘This Has Honestly Changed My Life’ – Evaluating the Efficacy of Community Sentence Treatment Requirements
    Jennifer Hough and Rachel Evans

    Chapter 10: The significance of ‘time’ when finishing time – A case-study on holistic relationship-based approaches to supporting re/integration for criminal justice affected people.
    Julie Parsons


    Chapter 11: Future Directions in Frameworks of Holistic Approaches in (Re)integration and (Re)settlement

    Rahmanara Chowdhury and Ian Mahoney


    Ian Mahoney is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and co-chair of the Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research group at Nottingham Trent University. His research adopts a cultural criminological lens and is currently focused on understanding and addressing the harms and impacts of crime and contact with the justice system across diverse groups including minoritised communities, women with convictions and individuals convicted of sexual offences.

    Rahmanara Chowdhury is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She is a chartered psychologist and a member of the Centre for Crime, Offending, Prevention and Engagement. Her work focuses on minority communities and manifestations of various forms of abuse, particularly within faith contexts. She also explores the experiences of minorities within the criminal justice system. Rahmanara is particularly keen to build bridges across communities that are often portrayed as the other and to be feared, through the sharing of knowledge, understanding, relationship building and capacity development.