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The Effect of Penal Legitimacy on Prisoners’ Postrelease Desistance

McCarthy, Daniel and Brunton-Smith, Ian (2017) The Effect of Penal Legitimacy on Prisoners’ Postrelease Desistance Crime and Delinquency.

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Abstract

Studies of procedural justice and legitimacy have shown that where legal actors use formal rules in ways that are perceived to be fair and consistent by those policed, greater compliance with the law can be achieved. A number of studies have assessed how legitimacy and compliance are related using general population samples, but few have tested these links among offending groups. Drawing on data from a longitudinal survey of prisoners across England and Wales, we find that prisoners who perceive their experience of prison as legitimate are more likely to believe that they will desist from crime. However, despite the existence of desistance beliefs, these do not translate into similar effects of legitimacy on proven reconviction rates a year post release.

Item Type: Article
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NameEmailORCID
McCarthy, DanielD.Mccarthy@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Brunton-Smith, IanI.R.Brunton-Smith@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 12 January 2017
Identification Number : 10.1177/0011128716687291
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2017 Sage publications. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2017 09:03
Last Modified : 26 Jul 2017 07:43
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/814065

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