desistance

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

It provides a brief introduction to the research evidence about the process of desistance from crime.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Video story of Alan Weaver, a former prisoner who successfully desisted from criminal behaviour. It was produced as part of a project to share knowledge and improve understanding about why people desist from offending.

Summary that provides an overview of key evidence relating to reducing the reoffending of adult offenders. It has been produced to support the work of policy makers, practitioners and other partners involved in offender management and related service provision. 

Article that highlights the views and advice of offenders in Scotland about what helps and hinders young people generally in the process of desistance, why interventions may or may not encourage desistance and what criminal justice and other agencies can do to alleviate the problems which may result in offending.

The Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance is a broad coalition of organisations, that evidences and promotes ‘the need for a distinct and radically different approach to young adults in the criminal justice system; an approach that is proportionate to their maturity and responsive to their specific needs. The T2A Pathway identifies ten points in the criminal justice process where a more rigorous and effective approach for young adults and young people in the transition to adulthood (16-24) can be delivered.

Study that compares the differences in the conviction rates of known offenders during the two years before their initial assessment for drug treatment and the two years after.

Slides and video recording of Professor Fergus McNeill's - Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow - presentation at the 8th annual Community Justice Portal Lecture, which was organised in association with the Probation Chiefs Association. It was held at Sheffield Hallam University on Thursday 20th May 2010.

The purpose of this report is to provide a literature review on desistance from crime which is intended to open up suggested lines of enquiry which the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) might then pursue in its policy programme - specifically its emerging work on offender engagement.