Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives Kindle Edition
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Making Good is based on interviews with approximately sixty men and women with histories of petty crime. Half had quit crime, half were still at it. The interview transcripts ring true. In them I recognize the men I saw in individual and group therapy. Building on these interviews, Dr. Maruna articulates achievable and relevant treatment objectives.
He starts with a basic observation. Most petty criminals "age out." They get jobs. They get married. They stop committing crimes. Although this phenomenon is well documented, it is not understood. We do not know why some men give up crime while others continue. Dr. Maruna considers the usual explanations for this aging out process -- "maturation," burnout, increased social and economic opportunity. He shows none of these factors explain why some men leave the life of crime while others do not.
Calling criminals who quit crime "desisters," and those who continue "persisters." he asks if comparing the two sets can lead to an explanation of why some criminals quit while others continue.Read more ›
As the pendulum begins to turn from a crazed rush to incarcerate, there is more and more interest in the topic of prisoner re-entry. What can help criminals turn their lives around and become productive citizens? This book is a great starting point for answering this complex question.
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Shadd Maruna actually studied the narratives of those who have desisted from crime with those who haven't and found significant differences in the way they think. To determine how likely it was for a client to return back to prison, I would compare their narratives with those in the book.
While recidivism rates continue to be high, this book does give one hope as everyone does eventually desist from crime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very important book. It has helped me in my work as Prison Fellowship volunteer in Peruvian prisons.Published 1 month ago by Maria Leonie
I work with children and adults who are incarcerated in America. Our model of punishing to change behavior has not been effective. This book sheds light on why.Published on February 22, 2014 by T. Ray hutcherson
recommended for anyone working in the field of forensics rehab, a "what's strong" instead of "what's wrong" perspective on individuals in the process of desistance from crimePublished on September 25, 2012 by marcelo cavalheiro
"People act in ways that agree with the stories or myths they have created about themselves."
A powerful tool for understanding how the self functions in criminal... Read more
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