Maximizing desistance: adding therapeutic jurisprudence and human rights to the mix

Birgden, Astrid 2015, Maximizing desistance: adding therapeutic jurisprudence and human rights to the mix, Criminal justice and behavior, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 19-31, doi: 10.1177/0093854814550024.

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Title Maximizing desistance: adding therapeutic jurisprudence and human rights to the mix
Author(s) Birgden, Astrid
Journal name Criminal justice and behavior
Volume number 42
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 31
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01-01
ISSN 0093-8548
Keyword(s) Desistance
Theraputic jurisprudence
Human rights
Offender autonomy
Social Sciences
Psychology, Clinical
Criminology & Penology
therapeutic jurisprudence
Summary The law can be a systemically induced decision point for offenders and can act to help or hinder desistance. Desistance can be described as a change process that may be initiated by decisive momentum, supported by intervention, and maintained through re-entry, culminating in a citizen with full rights and responsibilities. Desistance within courts, corrections, and beyond is maximized by applying the law in a therapeutic manner. In common, desistance, therapeutic jurisprudence, and human rights support offender autonomy and well-being. The intersections between the three models have been explored to propose a normative framework that provides principles and offers strategies to address therapeutic legal rules, legal procedures, and the role of psycholegal actors and offenders in initiating, supporting, and maintaining desistance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0093854814550024
Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1701 Psychology
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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