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Desistance From Crime: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice

NCJ Number
301497
Date Published
November 2021
Length
234 pages
Annotation

This compilation of white papers details how a desistance framework can move the field forward across key decision points in the criminal justice system resulting favorable stakeholder options, improved individual outcomes, reduction in crime, and improved public safety.

Abstract

Why do people stop their involvement in crime? What factors help shape this process? How can policy and practice improve individuals’ chances of ending their criminal behavior?

In NIJ’s new publication Desistance From Crime: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice, experts explore these and other critical questions surrounding the process of individuals ceasing engagement in criminal activities, referred to as “desistance.” They discuss how to conceptualize and measure desistance and offer innovative ways of using desistance-focused approaches in criminal justice practice, policy, and research.

This collection of work takes important steps in describing how a desistance framework can move the field forward across key decision points in the criminal justice system. As a result, the field will be better positioned to meet the needs of stakeholders, improve individual outcomes, and effectively reduce crime and promote public safety for communities across the United States.