A life sentence in installments: a qualitative analysis of repeat offending among short-sentenced offenders

Lievesley, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4957-258X, Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, Norman, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3317-8545 and Banyard, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2527-0755, 2017. A life sentence in installments: a qualitative analysis of repeat offending among short-sentenced offenders. Victims & Offenders. ISSN 1556-4886

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Short sentenced (less than 12 months) offenders in the UK consistently account for the greatest number of discharges from prison and demonstrate the highest risk and rate of reoffending. Moreover, until recent changes in UK legislation in 2015, individuals serving short sentences were released into the community with little support post-release. The current study presents an exploration of (re)offending in individuals who have already served multiple short sentences in custody and aims to understand their experiences, perceptions and insight into their offending. Is there anything apropos short sentences specifically, or those who continually serve them, that can explain the high rates of reoffending in this population? Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight prisoners currently serving short custodial sentences. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was implemented deriving three superordinate themes from the rich dataset: (i) Living short sentences, (ii) You'd do the same if you were me; and (iii) Negotiating an identity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Victims & Offenders
Creators: Lievesley, R., Winder, B., Norman, C. and Banyard, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 18 August 2017
ISSN: 1556-4886
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Sep 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 09:33
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31525

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