Redemptive Criminology

Aaron Pycroft, Clemens Bartollas

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Drawing on criminology, philosophy and theology, this book develops a theory of ‘redemptive criminology’ for practice in criminal justice settings. The therapeutic impulse for the text is a focus on the individual practitioner’s ability to embrace difference with the other, to resist harsh penal measures and to bring about change from ‘the bottom up’.

By challenging concepts and practices of rehabilitation, the authors argue for the possibility of redemption and for forgiveness as the starting point. Using real-life examples and an interpretative approach, the book explores the connections between victims, perpetrators and the community. The text articulates challenges for the justice system and offers new insights into punishment and retribution.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)9781529203547
ISBN (Print)9781529203530, 9781529203578
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Criminology
PublisherBristol University Press

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