How Offenders Transform Their Lives

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-13
  • Publisher: Willan

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This book presents a series of studies (mostly qualitative) that investigate individual identity transformation from offender status to pro-social, nonoffending roles. Moreover, the work in this volume highlights the perspectives of the men and women who are current or formerly incarcerated people. Each piece provides an empirical analysis of the interaction between current or former prisoners and innovative pro-social programs and networks, which are grounded in the most current theoretical work about individual transformation and change.

Author Biography

Bonita M. Veysey is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark; Johnna Christian and Damian J. Martinez are both Assistant Professors in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Identity transformation and offender changep. 1
Moments of transformation: formerly incarcerated individuals' narratives of changep. 12
Looking-glass identity transformation: Pygmalion and Golem in the rehabilitation processp. 30
Former prisoners, their family members, and the transformative potential of supportp. 56
'I got a quick tongue': negotiating ex-convict identity in mixed companyp. 72
Thinking inside the box: prisoner education, learning identities, and the possibilities for changep. 87
Accounts of change and resistance among women prisonersp. 104
Parole supervision, change in the self, and desistance from substance use and crimep. 124
Identity change through the transformation model of the public safety initiative of LIFERS, Inc.p. 143
Formerly incarcerated persons' use of advocacy/activism as a coping orientation in the reintegration processp. 165
Lessons learned about offender change: implications for criminal justice policyp. 188
Indexp. 205
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