Inspiring desistance? Arts projects and 'what works?'

McNeill, F. , Anderson, K., Colvin, S., Overy, K., Sparks, R. and Tett, L. (2011) Inspiring desistance? Arts projects and 'what works?'. Justitiele Verkenningen, 37(5), pp. 80-101.

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This paper draws principally on a literature review that explored the question of whether Arts projects in prisons can inspire 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 in and of themselves 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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McNeill, Professor Fergus
Authors: McNeill, F., Anderson, K., Colvin, S., Overy, K., Sparks, R., and Tett, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Justitiele Verkenningen
Published Online:01 September 2011

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