The BBC Panorama documentary on HMP Northumberland, which aired on 13th February 2017, told a story that has been known by criminologists and forensic psychologists for a long time. First, our prisons are overcrowded, underfunded, and there aren’t enough staff to maintain effective control. Added into that now, though, was […]

Four Steps to Real Prison Reform

Channel 4’s recent ‘Lifers’ documentary has bought the issue of whole-life tariffs to the forefront of people’s minds.  To the more conservative members of society, this sentencing option gives judges the power to permanently lock up some of the most dangerous people (at least, those who have committed the most heinous […]

Considering the Whole-Life Tariff

Desistance theory is a criminological phenomenon which describes how criminal offenders stop their offending behaviour.  It is particularly pertinent in terms of conceptualising offender rehabilitation and the career of a criminal, as well as having practical applications for probation workers working with convicted criminals in the community.

Desistance Theory: A Brief Introduction