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Research Seminar - USQ College - Making Desistance From Crime Recognisable

Presented by Suzanne Reich

Date: 18 June 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue: Online via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Marcus Harmes.
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Having a criminal conviction can present challenges for the convicted individual who is motivated to reintegrate into the community and leave his or her offending past behind. A criminal record is a disqualification of sorts that is often interpreted by others, especially employers, as an indication of risk. However, for many, a criminal record is no more than an historical account of what they have done and not an accurate reflection of who they are. Accordingly, it is crucial for convicted individuals to be able to demonstrate their desistance from crime in ways that are both recognisable and valuable to those who are important reintegration success, such as employers.

In this presentation, Dr Suzanne Reich will demonstrate how desistance from crime can be signalled in deliberate ways by strategic design. The aim of this presentation is to equip professionals with a practical approach to helping convicted individuals strategically design their own desistance signalling strategy in ways that others will recognise as valuable indications of a life lived differently.