Redeeming Redemption as a Criminological Concept

author: Shadd Maruna, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
published: Oct. 30, 2009,   recorded: September 2009,   views: 5059

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In the past two decades, the science of criminology has focused considerable attention on the topic of desistance from crime or how and why individuals active in crime “go straight.” This research has been instrumental in the design and assessment of strategies for reducing recidivism through resettlement or reintegration support. Criminologists, however, have had little to say about the issue of “redemption” or what it should require for individuals to be officially forgiven of their crimes and have their “good names” restored. In this talk, I will outline the need for a discussion of secular redemption in society and discuss the implications of criminological research in this regard.

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