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NCJ Number: 249295 Find in a Library
Title: Desistance for a Long-Term Drug-Involved Sample of Adult Offenders: The Importance of Identity Transformation
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:Online First  Dated:September 2015
Author(s): Ronet Bachman; Erin Kerrison; Raymond Paternoster; Daniel O'Connell; Lionel Smith
Date Published: September 2015
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0017
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a mixed-race sample of male and female drug-involved offenders who were released from prison in the early 1990s and re-interviewed in 2009 through 2011, this study is perhaps the first attempt to determine the utility of the identity theory of desistance (ITD) in explaining desistance in a contemporary cohort of adult drug-involved offenders.
Abstract: Supporting the ITD, interview narratives revealed that the vast majority of offenders who successfully desisted from crime and substance misuse had first transformed their offender identity into a non-offender identity. Although partnership and employment did not appear to be significant turning points per se for the majority of our respondents, rekindling relationships with extended family and finding living-wage employment did serve to solidify new prosocial identities once the transformation had occurred. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): Desistance from Crime; Drug Prevention; Drug prevention programs; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources
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