Desistance

Mothers watch their children arrive to visit at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012. An annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty percent of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles (161 km) from their children. Picture taken May 5, 2012 REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS PICTURE 01 OF 28 FOR PACKAGE 'MOTHER'S DAY BEHIND BARS'

Mothers watch their children arrive to visit at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012. An annual Mother’s Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty percent of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles (161 km) from their children. Picture taken May 5, 2012 REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS PICTURE 01 OF 28 FOR PACKAGE ‘MOTHER’S DAY BEHIND BARS’

The number of females (re)entering the justice system has grown considerably over the past few years, generating significant costs for society, victims and the families – most notable, children – of these women. While scholars and practitioners increasingly recognize the importance of studying desistance from crime, very little is known about the factors leading to female desistance. The Spinhuis Center aims to shed light on the mechanisms underlying female desistance.

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