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Peer support, desistance and the role of the third sector


Hinde, K and White, R, Peer support, desistance and the role of the third sector, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58, (3) pp. 329-348. ISSN 2059-1098 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/hojo.12333


This article explores the limits and possibilities of peer support schemes within a prison setting. The theoretical lens is that of desistance, with particular attention given to the concepts of ‘giving back’ and ‘being listened to’ as intentional means of fostering prosocial attitudes and outcomes. The analysis is based upon formal evaluation and informal critical reflections pertaining to the Prison Support Program delivered by the Australian Red Cross in Tasmania, Australia. The article considers the political landscape of law and order in Tasmania, and where the third sector fits into contemporary configurations. It outlines the foundational concepts and relationship elements that underpin peer support programmes, and discusses the practical barriers and opportunities that shape grounded practice. It concludes with a series of observations that might usefully guide the development and improvement of peer support schemes as they continue to evolve and respond to changing institutional circumstances and political environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:desistance, peer support, prisoners, Red Cross, throughcare
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:139158
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-05-28
Last Modified:2020-06-18

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