Justice capital: A model for reconciling structural and agentic determinants of desistance

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Best, David, Hamilton, Sharynne, Hall, Lauren and Bartels, Lorana 2021. Justice capital: A model for reconciling structural and agentic determinants of desistance. Probation Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505211005018
AuthorsBest, David, Hamilton, Sharynne, Hall, Lauren and Bartels, Lorana
Abstract

The emerging literature on desistance (and recovery from addictions) has focused on
key life-course transitions that can be characterised as the need for jobs (meaningful
activities), friends (transitioning to pro-social) and houses (a home free from threat). The
term ‘recovery capital’ is used to characterise personal, social and community resources
an individual can draw upon to support their recovery, partly bridging agentic (per sonal) and structural (community) factors. The development of the concept of ‘justice
capital’ furthers this reconciliation, by focusing on resources an individual can access
and the resources that an institution can provide. We build on this by outlining the
concept of institutional justice capital (IJC) to examine the role of criminal justice insti tutions in supporting or suppressing justice capital, particularly for marginalised groups.
We use a case study approach, drawing on recent studies in prisons in Australia and the United Kingdom to develop a model of justice capital at an institutional level and discuss
how this can shape reform of prisons and can be matched to the needs of offenders. The
paper concludes with a discussion of future directions in implementing an IJC model, to
deliver a strengths-based approach to promoting desistance and creating a metric for
assessing the rehabilitative activities of institutions.

Keywordsdesistance; justice capital; rehabilitation; prison; prisoners
Year2021
JournalProbation Journal
PublisherSage
ISSN1741-3079
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505211005018
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625770
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Publication dates08 Apr 2021
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AcceptedDec 2020
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, University of Western Australia, University of Lincoln and Australian National University
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