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Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society

Desistance from Sexual Offending

Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery

Authors: Harris, Danielle Arlanda

  • Examines the three different categories of desistance from sexual offending: Retirement, Regulation and RecoveryPrompts debate about the practical effects of labelling someone as being 'at risk' once released back into the community
  • Encourages a reexamination of the impact of current interventions provided by the criminal justice system
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This book describes the complex process of desistance from sexual crime as told by 74 men incarcerated for sexual offenses and released back into the community. Unlike much of the research on this topic, Harris places strong emphasis on how men who have committed serious sexual offenses come to stop offending and end their ‘criminal career’. Drawing on in-depth interviews, Harris outlines three main strategies that the men employ in order to pursue offense-free lives. The Retirement Strategy is divided into those who appear to simply ‘resign’ and those who go on to ‘rebuild’ their lives. The Regulation Strategy characterizes desistance as a product of one’s ability to navigate increasingly restrictive legislation (‘restricted,’ ‘rehearsed,’ ‘resistant,’ and ‘reclusive’ desistance). The men who describe their desistance in terms of Recovery do so either through ‘rehabilitation’ or through ‘resilience.’ This original and engaging study will be of great interest not only to academics who study sexual aggression but also those who have survived sexual abuse themselves, and anyone working with survivors of sexual abuse, individuals convicted of sexual offenses, their families, and their communities. 

About the authors

Danielle Arlanda Harris, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Harris, Danielle Arlanda

    Pages 3-17

  • Defining and Deconstructing Desistance

    Harris, Danielle Arlanda

    Pages 19-38

  • Situating the Sample, Meeting the Men, and Telling Their Stories

    Harris, Danielle Arlanda

    Pages 39-69

  • From What Have They Desisted?

    Harris, Danielle Arlanda

    Pages 75-107

  • The Experience of Relapse

    Harris, Danielle Arlanda

    Pages 109-134

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63200-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63199-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desistance from Sexual Offending
Book Subtitle
Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63200-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63200-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63199-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 287
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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