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5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking, October 15, 2010
This review is from: Desistance from Sex Offending: Alternatives to Throwing Away the Keys (Hardcover)
Eminent scholars D. Richard Laws and Tony Ward have taken on a huge task. They hope to bring mainstream criminological theories about crime desistance to an insular, risk-obsessed fringe of forensic psychology that has remained remarkably uninterested in the fact that offenders almost universally desist from crime, or the process through which that occurs.

Desistance provides a superb, highly readable overview of the criminological literature on desistance, the age-crime curve, and offender reintegration research, focusing heavily on the seminal works of Sampson and Laub (Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life and Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70) and Shadd Maruna (Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform & Rebuild Their Lives). The authors propose the Good Lives Model as a theory that can bridge the gap between desistance theory and forensic psychology practice with sex offenders.

This is a trailblazing book, and essential reading for clinicians, researchers, academicians, attorneys, and anyone interested in the application of desistance theory to sex offender rehabilitation. Its publication is yet another in a series of signals that the reign of penal harm may be losing steam, creating opportunities for implementing progressive reforms.

Related new books on criminal desistance theory and practice that you may be interested in include How Offenders Transform Their Lives, Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice, and What Else Works?: Creative work with offenders.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2010 9:44:36 AM PDT
William Bell says:
I read most of Dr Franklin's blog articles, so I am grateful to have her opinion of this book and its authors. Beyond that, because I have only an average knowledge of this subject I found this review useful because it mentioned a number of competing beliefs or proposals about what should be done with, or to, people who have offended in some sense, or are expected to offend.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 5:24:01 PM PDT
Paul Wilson says:
Karen Franklins reviews are always incisive and based on informed opinion and knowledge. She is well worth reading.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 9:34:00 PM PDT
Thanks very much for your kind comments, William and Paul.
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