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 the detrimental effect that the… Read More »
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.