Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (Sponsored by the Division on Corrections and Sentencing)

Shadd Maruna, University of Cambridge

ABSTRACT
At the 2001 Annual Meeting, the American Society of Criminology awarded this book the Michael J. Hindelang Award, the award is given annually for book published during the previous two to three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology. The book examines desistance from crime based on intensive interviews with career offenders who seem to have changed their careers and have discontinued offending. These desisters are compared to comparison group of felons who have not desisted. Maruna analyzes why some chronic offenders manage to change while others do not.

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