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Summer 8-24-2015


This report looks at how the academic and practitioner worlds must collaborate to develop an effective, desistance-promoting approach to criminal justice. Interventions need to be desistance-focused and tailored to individual circumstances rather than standardized programming. Interventions should shift away from an emphasis on risk and criminogenic needs and help individuals overcome obstacles to desistance.


Kazemian, Lila (2015). Straight Lives: The Balance between Human Dignity, Public Safety, and Desistance from Crime. New York, NY: Research & Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.



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