‘It’s Just Not Worth it’: How Juvenile Offenders Begin to Desist from Crime, a Thematic Analysis

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Desistance is the long-term cessation of offending behaviour. Desistance has been conceptualised as a process that includes setbacks and lapses. By understanding desistance, we can make efforts to support offenders to move away from crime and reduce re-offending. Existing research focuses on adult ex-offender’s retrospective accounts of how they stopped offending. Research neglects both the beginning of the desistance process and the juvenile offender population. Furthermore, it has been suggested that understanding the role of the Youth Justice System (YJS) and Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in this process could enhance desistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalPrison Service Journal
Issue number254
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2021

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