Setting the Scene

  • Mark Halsey
  • Simone Deegan
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


In their influential work Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives, Laub and Sampson (2006: 145) pose the question: ‘Why do some offenders stop offending?’ Their response was as follows:

It appears that offenders desist as a result of a combination of individual actions (choice) in conjunction with situational contexts and structural influences linked to important institutions that help sustain desistance. This fundamental theme underscores the need to examine both individual motivation and the social context in which individuals are embedded.


Recidivism Rate Young Offender Community Correction Repeat Offender Custodial Sentence 
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© Mark Halsey and Simone Deegan 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Halsey
    • 1
  • Simone Deegan
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Crime Policy and ResearchFlinders UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAustralia

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