A critical analysis of legitimacy and compliance of sex offenders that participate in Circles of Support and Accountability

warden, Emily (2013) A critical analysis of legitimacy and compliance of sex offenders that participate in Circles of Support and Accountability. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    As the current government budget cuts are meaning that agencies such as (but not exclusively) criminal justice agencies are increasingly overworked, it is resulting in the need for charities and independent organisations to provide rehabilitative support for offenders (Locke, 2013). Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) are an example of one of the voluntary support systems that exist for sex offenders that return to the community after being released from prison. Due to the voluntary nature of the organisation, participation of offenders is not something which is enforced by any criminal justice agencies. Although many probation services (and parole officers in the USA) will recommend that sex offenders participate in COSA, it is a purely voluntary choice for the offender and there are no regulations put in place to ensure that offenders comply with the program. This suggests that there are factors about the offenders, the COSA program, or both which encourage legitimacy and compliance within the program. This research aims to discover what those factors are through fifteen semi-structured interviews with participants involved in COSA in Fresno, California. Through utilising Grounded Theory methods of theming and coding the interview transcripts, common factors will be discovered that may suggest the reasons behind the legitimacy and compliance of sex offenders who participate in Circles of Support and Accountability.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2013 15:13
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/12668

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