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The arts of desistance: assessing the role of arts-based programmes in reducing reoffending

Cheliotis, L. K. and Jordanoska, A. (2016) The arts of desistance: assessing the role of arts-based programmes in reducing reoffending. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 55 (1-2). pp. 25-41. ISSN 0265-5527

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Identification Number: 10.1111/hojo.12154


This article offers a critical review of the empirical research literature on the 'secondary' or 'soft' contributions arts-based programmes may make to the process of desistance from crime. We begin by focusing on evaluations of arts-based programmes run by practitioners inside prisons, and then proceed to address the effects of arts-based prison programmes after participants' release into the community; a theme that has received very limited research attention to date, and even less attention in extant literature reviews. In the next section of the article, we briefly discuss for illustrative purposes our own evaluation of an arts-based programme that is aimed at prolonging and enhancing 'secondary desistance' through providing ex-prisoners with opportunities to continue engaging with the arts after release. We conclude with a few short remarks as to the lessons that can be drawn from this article for the design of arts-based programmes in the field of criminal justice.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 00:00

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