Desistance from Sexual Offending

  • Kelly Richards
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This book explores how Circles of Support and Accountability can reduce sexual reoffending. The release of a notorious sex offender from prison strikes fear into members of the public. Media coverage often provokes further panic, casting such offenders as irredeemable monsters and ticking time bombs, destined to continue preying on innocent children and women. In the West, governments have responded by enacting heavily punitive and exclusionary policies, such as public sex offender registers, indefinite detention, and lifetime correctional supervision. A radically different approach - Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) - emerged alongside these measures. CoSA are groups of trained volunteers who collectively resist the exclusionary impulse, instead actively supporting those with sexual offence convictions to reintegrate into communities. Despite their seemingly counterintuitive nature, the research is clear that CoSA reduce sexual reoffending far better than more popular draconian sex offender management policies. However, little is understood about how CoSA work. This book begins to address this gap by proposing a new way of understanding how CoSA reduce sexual reoffending. Drawing on 65 in-depth interviews with CoSA participants, it offers a new theoretically-informed empirical explanation of CoSA's capacity to promote desistance from sexual offending, and to turn those convicted of sexual offenders into law-abiding and productive members of the community. Ultimately it is a call to action, demonstrating that we, the community, must play a more central role in integrating people with sexual offence convictions if we desire safer communities for our children and our selves. This work illuminates new directions for research, policy, and practice, and is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of criminology and criminal justice, restorative justice, sexual violence, and reentry
Introduction Prevalence and criminal justice response to child sexual abuse Stigmatisation of people convicted of sexual offences The emergence of Circles of Support and Accountability Outline of the book Chapter 1. Situating Circles of Support and Accountability How do CoSA work? Who volunteers in CoSA? Do CoSA work? Chapter 2. Theorising Circles of Support and Accountability Existing theorisations of CoSA The Risk, Needs, Responsivity model, the Good Lives Model, and CoSA CoSA as restorative justice CoSA as reintegrative shaming Understanding desistance Theorising desistance CoSA as desistance-promotion Conclusion Chapter 3. Researching Circles of Support and Accountability Methodological approach Participant sampling and recruitment Data collection The participants Making sense of the data Ethical considerations What was it like? Conclusion Chapter 4. A shot at redemption: Circles of Support and Accountability, desistance and redemption scripts Redemption and condemnation scripts Desistance and people who have sexually offended Alan's story Establishing a true, good self Identifying a "bad It" Incorporating a sense of "tragic optimism" Developing a sense of optimistic control and self-efficacy Conclusion Chapter 5. Circles of Support and Accountability, the 110-percenters, and witnesses to identity transformation Todd's story The 110-percenters Surpassing other core members' desistance efforts Ratting out other core members The Judge Judy effect: Adopting hyper-conservative criminal justice values If desistance occurs in the woods and there is no one there to see it... Adam's story Conclusion Chapter 6. Giving back from a hopeless place: Circles of Support and Accountability and generativity Rory's story What is generativity? Core members and the will-to-generativity Paying it forward: From projectivity to generativity Zack's story Helping out a brother: Core members and reintegration advocacy Generativity and managing the risky self CoSA volunteers as the subjects of generativity Conclusion Chapter 7. Circles of Support and Accountability and core members as wounded healers Wounded healers in the criminal justice context Wounded healers and CoSA Morgan's story 'Cheeseburgers are on Wednesday': CoSA and wounded healers' unique expertise CoSA, wounded healers and identity transformation Daniel's story Conclusion Chapter 8. Implications for practice: Delivering Circles of Support and Accountability as desistance-promotion The key arguments Assisting desistance in practice Implications for practice - Redemption scripts Implications for practice - 110 percenters and witnesses to identity transformation Implications for practice - Generativity Implications for practice - Wounded healers Conclusion Conclusion Limitations of the study Future research directions Victim/survivor and public views of CoSA Conclusion References
Uitgavejaar 2021
ISBN 9780367646240
Serie Routledge Studies in Crime and Society
Verschijningsdatum 24 dec. 2021
Omvang 204
Auteur(s) Kelly Richards
Bindwijze Gebonden
Taal Engels
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