Book review: Healy, Deirdre (2012) The Dynamics of Desistance: Charting Pathways through Change, Abingdon: Routledge.


Desistance, which is defined in the General Editors’ introduction as ‘how and why people stop offending and how they can be more effectively integrated into the communities and societies to which they belong’ (p.ix), has increasingly become the focus of attention for criminologists. Research led desistance studies carry compelling messages about how those working within criminal justice can support (ex-)offenders in their pathways away from crime. This book ‘explores the nexus between social and personal forces in the desistance process’ (p.xi) and makes a significant contribution to the field.

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