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Gendered Assisted Desistance: A Decade from Corston

Barr, UM (2018) Gendered Assisted Desistance: A Decade from Corston. Safer Communities, 17 (2). pp. 81-93. ISSN 1757-8043

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Abstract

This article examines the role of assisted desistance from the perspective of women involved in the criminal justice system (CJS). It focuses on two community projects set up in the aftermath of the 2007 Corston Report, Northshire Women’s Centres (WCs) and the Housing for Northshire (HfN) projecti. Through analysis of a year of observation in these settings and 23 narrative interviews with staff and service users, the article notes the differences between risk-focused and desistance- focused justice for women. Neither projects are a panacea; however they offer an insight into desistance-focused practice. The findings would suggest that the projects provide social justice as opposed to criminal justice, particularly because of their flexible approach and awareness of the relational elements involved in female desistance. The in-depth, qualitative data provided challenges the ‘payment by results’ rhetoric which demands positivist research that promotes an understanding of desistance as a binary outcome. Implications for policy are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DESISTANCE, GENDER, TRANSFORMING REHABILITATION, PAYMENT BY RESULTS, ASSISTED DESISTANCE, CORSTON REPORT
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV 8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2019 14:17
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 14:30
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7655

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