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Young Offenders

Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance

M. Halsey S. Deegan

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Palgrave Macmillan
04 March 2015
Penology & punishment; Rehabilitation of offenders; Juvenile offenders
Young Offenders provides one of the most in-depth studies of young males seeking, if often failing, to find a life beyond crime and punishment. Through rich interview data of young offenders over a ten year period, this book explores the complex personal and situational factors that promote and derail the desistance process.
By:   M. Halsey, S. Deegan
Imprint:   Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   4.483kg
ISBN:   9781137411211
ISBN 10:   113741121X
Series:   Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Pages:   273
Publication Date:   04 March 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Flinders University, Australia. Previous to this he taught criminology at the University of Melbourne. In 2012 he was awarded a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for the study of the causes, experiences and consequences of intergenerational incarceration. Simone Deegan was Project Officer for the Generativity in Young Male (Ex)Prisoners Project at Flinders University, Australia. Prior to this she worked as a criminal defence solicitor with the Legal Services Commission in the Magistrates and Youth Courts of South Australia. She has an ongoing interest in prisons and prison officer culture.

Reviews for Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance

An outstanding example of longitudinal qualitative analysis, Halsey and Deegan's Young Offenders allows for a deep, long-term immersion into the lives of a group of young people who have been demonised and dismissed by wider society. The rich complexity of their often tragic lives vividly emerges across the chapters in an example of genuine social science, as it ought to be. - Shadd Maruna, Dean, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, USA Halsey and Deegan provide offender accounts that are at once frustrating and heart-wrenching, yet illuminating and refreshing in their complexity. They reveal how the joining of disadvantaged backgrounds and unfair post-incarceration policies create barriers for young offenders wanting to desist. More important, they show how desistance can take surprisingly varied forms, which is a key contribution - and challenge - to previous criminal life course studies. - Randol Contreras, Sociology Department, University of Toronto, Canada

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