Kunstprojecten en What Works: Een stimulans voor desistance?

Translated title of the contribution: Arts Projects and What Works: Inspiring Desistance?

Richard Sparks, Fergus McNeill, Kirsten Anderson, Sarah Colvin, Katie Overy, Lyn Tett

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This paper draws principally on a literature review that explored the question of whether arts projects in prisons can support desistance from crime. The review, which aimed to connect the literatures on arts projects in prisons, on learning in prisons and on desistance from crime, was undertaken to support the evaluation of a major arts initiative in Scottish Prisons – Inspiring Change – which took place during 2010. A brief summary of the findings of the evaluation is also provided. The paper concludes that while it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect arts projects to ‘produce’ desistance, there is
evidence that they can play a vital role in enabling prisoners to imagine
and to embark on the desistance process.
Translated title of the contributionArts Projects and What Works: Inspiring Desistance?
Original languageOther
Pages (from-to)80-101
Number of pages21
JournalJustitiele verkenningen
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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