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5.4 SOCIOLOGY, Law, Criminology

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Successfully submitted for the award of Masters in Criminology to Technological University Dublin, September 2009.


The purpose of this research paper is to explore the lived experience of five ex-offenders who have not offended for a minimum period of ten years. How, and why, these individuals have maintained their crime free status shall be explored in detail in an attempt to understand the causal process that permits successful long term desistance from crime. Furthermore the desisting ex-offenders in this study are also ex-drug addicts. Exactly how criminal offending and drug addiction interacted in the past lives of the people is documented, as is the impossibility of abstaining from one of these behaviours only. This necessitates research into how desistance from crime and recovery from addiction are sustained by these participants.