Source: (2004) Devon, UK and Portland Oregon: Willan Publishing.

The 11 essays of this volume contribute to the premise that reintegration policy can be improved by learning from success and modeling the re-entry process on what is known about crime desistance. Chapters in the first part of the book focus on desistance theory and reintegration practice. The two chapters of the second section of the book address methodological considerations, specifically empirical concerns involved in linking basic and applied reintegration research. three chapters in the third part of the book, entitled, "Applied Research on Desistance," consider some of the methodological challenges inherent in studying desistance, with attention to the policy implications of this relatively new field of research. Issues addressed in the chapters are the crime-desistance value of military service, the dynamics of recidivism for a sample of ex-inmates over a period of 2 years after release, and gender differences in the experience and process of desistance from crime. The concluding section of the book, "Desistance-focused Reintegration Research," presents three studies of ex-offenders that are theoretically informed and grounded in an understanding of crime desistance.The concluding chapter emphasizes the importance of ex-offenders making contributions to the community that forge a positive civic identity. This must be achieved, however, within the legal limitations and the social stigma imposed on ex-offenders that impede a full expression of citizenship and community participation. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.