Desistance: Why and how do offenders stop committing crime? (Why do people…
Desistance: Why and how do offenders stop committing crime?
Why do people offend?
lack of education
lack of employment
lack of victim awareness
Why do people stop offending?
substance abuse cessation
development of personal relationships
Theories of desistance
Development and maturation reform theories: crime tends to decrease as people age.
Life course stage (and related variables such as biological change and social development) with specific criminal behaviours (Maruna 1999)
Social Bonding Theory: lack of social bonds increase recidivism
Narrative Theory: scripts
Re-intergration important for rehabilitation