The Gendered Pains of ‘Going Straight’: Researching Female’s Desistance from Crime.

Organised by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Gender Research Group

Although supporting individuals to refrain from criminal behaviour long term is now a central focus of most criminal justice policies and practices in Scotland, it has been argued that desistance theories fail to avoid the androcentricity to which most criminological theories are prone. Indeed, they often remain male-centric, individualistic and ignore the interlocking structural contexts of race, class and gender. Yet, critical research into female’s desistance has begun to highlight several gendered ‘pains’ that hinder this complex process for women which this upcoming seminar will explore. Through the context of her ongoing PhD research into how Scotland’s criminal justice system responds to women who offend, Jessica will discuss the emerging intersectional field of desistance from crime research through a gendered lens.

Jessica Cleary is a part-time PhD student in the Scottish Centre of Criminal Justice Research at the University of Stirling as well as a researcher for Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland. Alongside her current research, Jessica has past experience working at H.M.P & Y.O.I Corton Vale and for the Independent Care Review. Her research interests include challenging institutional cultures, utopian thinking, prison abolitionism, co-production and participatory qualitative methods; critical desistance research; and community justice.

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