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Criminal Careers in Transition: The Social Context of Desistance from Crime

Stephen Farrall, Ben Hunter, Gilly Sharpe, and Adam Calverley


There has been a growth of interest in why people stop offending, and the processes by which they are rehabilitated back into the community. This book follows the completion of a fifth sweep of interviews with members of a cohort of former probationers interviewed since the late 1990s. The research has been about developing a long-term evidence base, rather than a rapid assessment which does not have the time fully to explore the issue, namely whether (and how) probation supervision assists desistance from crime. The cohort members were initially followed for two years, culminating in a book—w ... More

Keywords: desistance, longitudinal research, what works, crime reduction, qualitative research, probation, offenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Farrall, author
Professor of Criminology, School of Law, University of Sheffield

Ben Hunter, author
Research Associate, School of Law, University of Sheffield

Gilly Sharpe, author
Lecturer, School of Law, University of Sheffield