Transitions to Better Lives: Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation

Transitions to Better Lives: Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation

Transitions to Better Lives: Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation

Transitions to Better Lives: Offender Readiness and Rehabilitation


Transitions to Better Livesaims to describe, collate, and summarize a body of recent research - both theoretical and empirical - that explores the issue of treatment readiness in offender programming. It is divided into three sections:

  • part one unpacks a model of treatment readiness, and explains how it has been operationalized
  • part two discusses how the construct has been applied to the treatment of different offender groups
  • part three iscusses some of the practice approaches that have been identified as holding promise in addressing low levels of offender readiness are discussed.

Included within each section are contributions from a number of authors whose work, in recent years, has stimulated discussion and helped to inform practice in offender rehabilitation.

This book is an ideal resource for those who study within the field of criminology, or who work in the criminal justice system, and have an interest in the delivery of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for offenders. This includes psychologists, social workers, probation and parole officers, and prison officers.


These are particularly challenging times for researchers and practitioners who seek to work with offenders in ways that will assist them to live better lives. A range of different perspectives currently inform this work, from those that emphasise the rights of victims and communities to those that emphasise the rights of individual offenders. In many parts of the world, more and more people are being imprisoned and for longer periods of time. Communities are becoming more risk aversive and punitive in their attitudes towards offenders and there would appear to be a growing determination to make individuals pay severely for transgressions against the state. At the same time significant effort is put into rehabilitating offenders and helping them to plan for a successful reintegration back into society. Indeed, the last twenty or so years have seen significant investment in the development and delivery of offender rehabilitation programmes across the western world, in both prison and community correctional (probation and parole) settings, and support for rehabilitative ideals is perhaps now more clearly enshrined in public policy than perhaps at any time in the past. That is not to say, however, that the value of offender rehabilitation is universally recognised, and it is in this context that interest in issues such as human rights, offender dignity, and the values of offender rehabilitation has grown (see Ward and Birgden 2007; Ward and Maruna 2007).

The socio-political context in which any work with offenders takes place ensures that attempts to reintegrate or rehabilitate offenders will almost certainly come under a high level of scrutiny, both public and professional. It is now more important than ever that . . .

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