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Integrating environmental considerations into prisoner risk assessments

Tompson, LA; Chainey, S; (2013) Integrating environmental considerations into prisoner risk assessments. European Journal of Probation , 5 (2) 66 - 80. Green open access


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Reducing re-offending amongst ex-prisoners is of paramount importance for both penal and societal reasons. This paper advances an argument that the current prisoner risk assessment instruments used in the UK neglect to account for environmental determinants of re-offending. We frame this position within the growing literature on the ecology of recidivism, and use the principles of environmental criminology to stress the importance of the opportunities for crime that are present in an ex-prisoners’ neighbourhood. We conclude by considering the implications for policy and discuss how these might conflict with the practical realities of managing ex-prisoners.

Type: Article
Title: Integrating environmental considerations into prisoner risk assessments
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ejprob.ro/index.pl/integrating_environm...
Language: English
Additional information: © The University of Bucharest
Keywords: Environmental criminology, Ecology of Recidivism, Prisoner Resettlement, Desistance
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1394049
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