Discovering Desistance was a project aiming to share knowledge and improve understanding about why people desist from offending.
The project involved:
- Producing an educational documentary exploring the issues related to desisting from crime
- Holding a series of workshops for probation professionals to examine the issues raised in the documentary
- Exploring the implications of desistance research for probation practice and developing ideas about how to better support the process of desistance
The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project lead is Fergus McNeill (Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow) and other members of the project team are Stephen Farrall (University of Sheffield), Claire Lightowler (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) and Shadd Maruna (Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast).