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Making Good in Unpromising Places: The Development and Cultivation of Redemption Scripts amongst Long-Term Prisoners

Bullock, Karen (2018) Making Good in Unpromising Places: The Development and Cultivation of Redemption Scripts amongst Long-Term Prisoners International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

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Abstract

Generally regarded as an institution which frustrates rather than enables the process of desisting from crime, the potential for prisoners to find redemption in prison seems bleak. Despite unpromising conditions within the prison, we find strong evidence of reform and a desire to make amends amongst a cohort of long-term prisoners. Whilst these prisoners were all participating on a rehabilitation programme, their narratives of reform were highly individualised and situated in the context of their various experiences of long sentences. However, we report that these individualised accounts of reform were strengthened and facilitated in similar ways through interactions established via their programme participation. Specifically, the programme was experienced as fulfilling, empowering, and therapeutic. This functioned to reinforce participants’ sense of control, or self-mastery, increased their self-esteem, and instilled hope and confidence that an alternative, moral future may be achievable. Implications for supporting desistance in the prison are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Bullock, KarenK.Bullock@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 28 September 2018
DOI : 10.1177/0306624X18800882
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 SAGE Publications
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Aug 2018 11:57
Last Modified : 16 Nov 2018 14:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849092

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