"We're all the same here". Investigating the rehabilitative climate of a re-rolled sexual offender prison: a qualitative longitudinal study

Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984 and Wilson, K., 2019. "We're all the same here". Investigating the rehabilitative climate of a re-rolled sexual offender prison: a qualitative longitudinal study. Sexual Abuse: a Journal of Research and Treatment. ISSN 1079-0632

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Abstract

Understanding how individuals with sexual convictions experience prison and its environment is important because such experiences can impact on rehabilitation outcomes. This is the first qualitative longitudinal investigation that explores the experiences of prisoners in a prison exclusively for individuals with sexual convictions over time. The purpose of this research was to explore the rehabilitative and therapeutic climate of a recently re-rolled prison (a general prison turned into a prison only for individuals who have sexually offended) at two time points (T1 at reroll and T2 a year later). The study focuses on prisoners perspectives of the purpose of the prison, experience of prison life, relationships in the prison, and the prison regime over time. Twenty interviews were conducted across the time points and revealed two main superordinate themes “‘Being’ in a prison for individuals with sexual convictions” and “obstructions to change". This research adds to the emerging body of knowledge surrounding the importance of the wider prison environment on the rehabilitation of individuals with sexual convictions and on the benefits and risks of co-locating men who have committed sexual offences in the same prison site. It also has implications wider than rehabilitation of those convicted of sexual offences and has insights for the types of environment and prisoner-staff relationships that are conducive to rehabilitation.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sexual Abuse: a Journal of Research and Treatment
Creators: Blagden, N. and Wilson, K.
Publisher: Springer US on behalf of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
Date: 25 April 2019
ISSN: 1079-0632
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10.1177/1079063219839496DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 05 Mar 2019 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 15:10
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35896

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