Desistance Report Final.pdf


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Contents
Executive summary

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1. Introduction

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Structure of the report

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2. Methodology

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Ethics

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Defining terms - Desistance

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3.

The Cohort

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4.

Predisposing factors

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Measuring difference

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Outliers

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Conclusion

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5.

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Prison as a Deterrent

The influence of incarceration

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Fear

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Loss of freedom and autonomy

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Not ‘fitting in’

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Positive experience in hindsight

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A caution to deterrence

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Conclusion

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6.

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Desistance: timing and influences

Desistance timing

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The influence of family and the importance of ‘reintegrative shaming’

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