Negotiating challenges faced by homicide offenders upon their release from prison: a thematic analysis

Gerard, F.J. and Crookes, R.L. 2024. Negotiating challenges faced by homicide offenders upon their release from prison: a thematic analysis. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 63 (4), pp. 207-227. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2024.2331467

TitleNegotiating challenges faced by homicide offenders upon their release from prison: a thematic analysis
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGerard, F.J. and Crookes, R.L.
Abstract

This study explored the perceptions of the challenges faced by homicide offenders (HOs) reintegrating into the community after prison. Through interviews with six HOs and 10 Probation Officers in the United Kingdom, three themes were identified in the thematic analysis: Transitioning from life in prison to a new world; societal stigma and media representations; and the psychological aspects of homicide. Reintegrating into a fast-paced society proved difficult for all HOs, who struggled to adapt, carry their licensing conditions, find identity and purpose, and cope with the fear of being recalled to prison. Stigma and negative media portrayal hindered their acceptance by society. Managing psychological factors and self-identity while addressing the gravity of taking a life may provide a sense of individual agency and prevent reoffending. These findings can inform policymakers and practitioners working with homicide offenders in the community.

Keywordsoffender rehabilitation
homicide offenders
stigma
recidivism
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Journal citation63 (4), pp. 207-227
ISSN1050-9674
1540-8558
Year2024
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC 4.0
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Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2024.2331467
Publication dates
Published online22 Mar 2024

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