Parole and Beyond

International Experiences of Life After Prison

  • Ruth Armstrong
  • Ioan Durnescu

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Joanna Shapland, Angela Sorsby, Stephen Farrall, Camilla Priede
    Pages 19-47
  3. Annette Olesen, Anette Storgaard
    Pages 49-76
  4. Ruth Armstrong
    Pages 105-139
  5. Marguerite Schinkel
    Pages 219-242
  6. Ioan Durnescu, Andrada Istrate, Cristina Teoroc, Elena Pitiu, Lucian Rotariu
    Pages 271-301
  7. Ruth Armstrong, Ioan Durnescu
    Pages 303-314
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-319

About this book


This book provides an assessment of contemporary international knowledge about the experiences of life after release from prison. For over 100 years people leaving prison have been supervised by probation services, but little has been written about how those who are supervised experience this process, or how this process influences experiences post-release. Research suggests that the success or failure of supervision in terms of reoffending may be related to how it is experienced, but little has been written about how supervision interacts with these experiences. Despite this lack of grounded knowledge, post-prison supervision continues to grow internationally. 

This book addresses issues relating to life after release through providing a vision of contemporary life after prison in different social and economic climates from those who are the subjects of this growing and changing form of penal power. An engaging and timely study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of criminal justice and punishment.


Criminology Penology Punishment Desistance Offenders Probation Release Rehabilitation Supervision

Editors and affiliations

  • Ruth Armstrong
    • 1
  • Ioan Durnescu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Faculty of SociologyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

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