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Peer support, desistance and the role of the third sector

Hinde, K and White, R ORCID: 0000-0002-8800-0093 2019 , 'Peer support, desistance and the role of the third sector' , Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, vol. 58, no. 3 , pp. 329-348 , doi:

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This article explores the limits and possibilities of peer support schemes within aprison setting. The theoretical lens is that of desistance, with particular attention given tothe concepts of ‘giving back’ and ‘being listened to’ as intentional means of fostering prosocial attitudes and outcomes. The analysis is based upon formal evaluation and informalcritical reflections pertaining to the Prison Support Program delivered by the AustralianRed Cross in Tasmania, Australia. The article considers the political landscape of lawand order in Tasmania, and where the third sector fits into contemporary configurations. It outlines the foundational concepts and relationship elements that underpin peersupport programmes, and discusses the practical barriers and opportunities that shapegrounded practice. It concludes with a series of observations that might usefully guidethe development and improvement of peer support schemes as they continue to evolve andrespond to changing institutional circumstances and political environments.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hinde, K and White, R
Keywords: desistance, peer support, prisoners, Red Cross, throughcare
Journal or Publication Title: Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 2059-1098
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Copyright 2019 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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