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Prisoners' motivations for therapeutic community treatment

Stevens, Alisa ORCID: 2013. Prisoners' motivations for therapeutic community treatment. Probation Journal 60 (2) , pp. 152-167. 10.1177/0264550513478321

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Offenders’ motivations to undertake rehabilitative programmes are underexplored. Drawing upon semi-ethnographic research, this article considers the reasons why prisoners apply to join a democratic therapeutic community. It identifies a typology of motivation to participate, and determines that most applicants are seeking an alternative to the rehabilitative hegemony of structured, manualized, cognitive-behavioural interventions. The findings have important implications for correctional staff, and in particular, offender managers, who are best placed to identify and encourage suitable offenders to apply for admission.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0264-5505
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 13:30

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