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Prisoners’ families and offender management: mobilizing social capital

Mills, Alice and Codd, Helen (2008) Prisoners’ families and offender management: mobilizing social capital Probation Journal, 55, (1), pp. 9-24. (doi:10.1177/0264550507085675).

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Interest in prisoners' families has grown considerably in recent years as the link between family support and reduced recidivism is increasingly recognized. This article explores the potential role of prisoners' families in reducing re-offending by reviewing the research literature to assess the contribution that family ties can make to effective resettlement and desistance from crime. Like other commentators, such as Farrall (2004) and Wolff and Draine (2004), the authors draw on the concept of `social capital' to provide key insights into the importance of family relationships for encouraging desistance. Potential ways to mobilize this social capital are considered and the article concludes with reflections on the likelihood of such measures being deployed by offender managers in the current penal context, and assesses whether the shift to offender management is likely to boost recognition of prisoners' family relationship

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Published date: 2008
Keywords: desistance, offender management, prisoners' families, resettlement, social capital


Local EPrints ID: 71124
ISSN: 0264-5505
PURE UUID: c9dbabff-99d4-41fe-b46c-458b6ed72718

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Date deposited: 21 Jan 2010
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:01

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Author: Alice Mills
Author: Helen Codd

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