Desistance from Sexual Offending

Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery

  • Danielle Arlanda Harris

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 3-17
    3. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 19-38
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-73
    2. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 75-107
    3. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 109-134
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-137
    2. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 139-177
    3. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 179-217
    4. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 219-250
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Danielle Arlanda Harris
      Pages 253-268
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-287

About this book


This book describes the complex process of desistance from sexual crime as told by 74 men incarcerated for sexual offenses and released back into the community. Unlike much of the research on this topic, Harris places strong emphasis on how men who have committed serious sexual offenses come to stop offending and end their ‘criminal career’. Drawing on in-depth interviews, Harris outlines three main strategies that the men employ in order to pursue offense-free lives. The Retirement Strategy is divided into those who appear to simply ‘resign’ and those who go on to ‘rebuild’ their lives. The Regulation Strategy characterizes desistance as a product of one’s ability to navigate increasingly restrictive legislation (‘restricted,’ ‘rehearsed,’ ‘resistant,’ and ‘reclusive’ desistance). The men who describe their desistance in terms of Recovery do so either through ‘rehabilitation’ or through ‘resilience.’ This original and engaging study will be of great interest not only to academics who study sexual aggression but also those who have survived sexual abuse themselves, and anyone working with survivors of sexual abuse, individuals convicted of sexual offenses, their families, and their communities. 


Criminology Crime and Society Forensic Psychology Offenders Sex Offenders Rehabilitation Probation Rape Molestation Grooming Paedophilia

Authors and affiliations

  • Danielle Arlanda Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith Criminology InstituteGriffith UniversityMt Gravatt, QLDAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63199-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63200-1
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