To Hull and back: the reintegration experiences of male sex offenders registered under Hull probation services, whilst in the community

Woodward, Darren (2010) To Hull and back: the reintegration experiences of male sex offenders registered under Hull probation services, whilst in the community. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The main aim of this thesis is to gain an understanding in the reintegration experiences of sex offenders who are under the supervision of Hull probations services through qualitative research. It aims to highlight how they cope in the community, whilst focussing on the apparent social barriers and legal restrictions which are in place for sex offenders today. A thorough review of relevant literature has taken place, it has established that there are many obstacles in place which may inhibit reintegration and virtually no empirical research exists which gives voice to the offenders who are affected by their sentencing. Six qualitative interviews of convicted sex offenders were conducted, using a semi-structured format, designed to establish how successful they have been in establishing accommodation, employment and relationships. The cohort who participated were all male, over the age of 21 and from the Hull area. All of the men were currently being supervised by the probation service for sexual offences. Bringing the literature review and the case study together, it is concluded that sex offender experiences are heavily impacted upon by their acceptance in society and their own self perception; two themes which interact with one another significantly. Gaining employment, accommodation and sustaining or forming relationships has been made harder by strict laws and probation policies; policies which focus on risk management and often fail to balance it with rehabilitation and reintegration. This helps to create a stigma of all sex offenders being dangerous and makes reintegration harder. Further research into the community experiences of sex offenders is called for, as it will help form understanding and lead to better community management and professional relationships.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/907

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