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New Perspectives on Desistance

Theoretical and Empirical Developments

  • Emily Luise Hart
  • Esther F.J.C. van Ginneken


  • Highlights desistance pathways for specific offender-groups within a prison context

  • Explores new theoretical perspectives in the study of desistance

  • Draws on diverse expert research on specific populations and the relationship between non-penal interventions and desistance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Esther F.J.C. van Ginneken, Emily Luise Hart
    Pages 1-8
  3. Desistance Pathways for Specific Offender-Groups

  4. Promoting Desistance in a Prison Context

  5. New Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Esther F. J. C. van Ginneken, Emily Luise Hart
      Pages 289-294
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-301

About this book


This book brings together a collection of emergent research that moves the debate on desistance beyond a general consideration of individual and social structural influences. The authors examine empirical developments which have implications for policy surrounding resettlement and re-offending, but also for punishment practices. Presenting thought-provoking theoretical advances and critiques, the editors challenge and enrich traditional understandings of desistance. A wide range of chapters explore how some criminal justice interventions hinder the desistance process, but also how alternative approaches may be more helpful in promoting and supporting desistance. Thorough and diverse, this book will be of great to scholars of criminology and criminal justice, social policy, sociology and psychology, and of special interest to researchers and practitioners working with (ex-)offenders.


Criminology Offenders Offending Critical Criminology Criminological Theory Probation Punishment Women Drugs Life imprisonment Spatial Autonomy Altruistic Prison Programmes Prison Visits Human Rights Agency Self-Control Post Release

Editors and affiliations

  • Emily Luise Hart
    • 1
  • Esther F.J.C. van Ginneken
    • 2
  1. 1.Law SchoolLancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute for Criminal Law & CriminologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

About the editors

Emily Luise Hart is Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University Law School, UK. 

Esther F.J.C. van Ginneken is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Leiden University, The Netherlands. 

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