1st Edition

Sport, Physical Activity and Criminal Justice Politics, Policy and Practice

Edited By Haydn Morgan, Andrew Parker Copyright 2023
    227 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the various ways in which participation in sport and physical activity might contribute to effective solutions within criminal justice systems.

    Focusing on a range of different sporting and physical activities across an array of social contexts involving both adult and youth populations, the book offers insight into the way in which sport and physical activity is interpreted by participants and practitioners, and how these interpretations relate to broader policy objectives within and across justice systems. It focuses on a series of key issues, including how sport policy (national and international) has developed in recent years in this area; how and to what extent such policy developments have impacted organisations and interventions (both custodial and non-custodial) across sport and criminal justice systems and sectors; and how participant cohorts (such as disadvantaged and/or ‘at-risk’ young people) have experienced these changes.

    With shifting debates around criminal justice and the need for policy and practical solutions to extend beyond tougher and longer sentencing, this book is important reading for students, researchers, and practitioners working in sport pedagogy, sport-for-development, sport and leisure management, sport coaching, physical education, criminology, youth work, youth studies, social work, and health studies.

    Introduction: Sport, Physical Activity, and Criminal Justice

    Haydn Morgan and Andrew Parker

    Part I: Policy and Strategic Responses

    1. The History and Development of Policy for Sport and Physical Activity in Youth and Adult Prisons

    Rosie Meek, Haydn Morgan, and Andrew Parker

    2. Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mentoring, and ‘At Risk’ Youth

    Andrew Parker and Warren Larkin

    3. Examining the Role of Partnership within Sport and Physical Activity Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation Projects

    Haydn Morgan, Colin Baker, and Justin Coleman

    4. Sport and Crime Prevention in Canada: Examining Discourses of Risk, Responsibility, and Development through Sport

    Mark Norman and Tavis Smith

    5. Using Child-Centred Approaches to Enhance the Evidence Base Around Using Sport-Based Interventions to Reduce Youth Offending

    Carolynne Mason and Caron Walpole

    Part II: Sport and Physical Activity Interventions in Custodial Settings

    6. Co-Creating a Sport-Life Skills Programme for Incarcerated Youth

    Jennifer M. Jacobs, Kalyn McDonough, and Zachary Wahl-Alexander

    7. Using Sport-Based Interventions to Benefit the Mental Well-Being of People in Prison

    David Woods and Gavin Breslin

    8. Applying Kaupapa Māori Principles to Positive Youth Development: Insights from a New Zealand Youth Justice Facility

    Jeremy Hapeta, Haydn Morgan, Rochelle Stewart-Withers, and Kyle Kuiti

    9. Sport and Physical Activity Inside (and Outside of) the Youth Secure Estate

    Juliette Stebbings

    10. The Perceived Impact of Sport and Physical Activity Programmes: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gym Orderlies in a UK Women’s Prison

    Melissa De Marco and Rosie Meek

    Part III: Community-Based Sport and Physical Activity Interventions

    11. The Acquisition of Capital Through Sport and Physical Activity: Qualifications, Connections, and Self-Reliance

    Haydn Morgan and Andrew Parker

    12. Cure De Jour: Exploring the Potential of Boxing as a Mechanism for Change Among Vulnerable Groups

    Deborah Jump and Amy Blakemore

    13. Midnight Football as a Site of Surveillance: Activities Observed by the Surrounding Institutions of Society

    David Ekholm and Magnus Dahlstedt

    Conclusions: Sport, Physical Activity and Criminal Justice – Towards a New Research Agenda

    Haydn Morgan and Andrew Parker


    Haydn Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, UK. Haydn’s research concerns the connection between participation in sport and physical activity and the enhancement of social inclusion and wellbeing in marginalized populations.

    Andrew Parker is Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England, UK. Andrew’s research interests focus on sport and disadvantaged youth, and he has undertaken research and evaluation studies of sport-based initiatives both in community and custodial settings.