Invisible men: Short prison sentences and the pains of invisibility and insignificance

Cracknell, Matthew ORCID logoORCID: (2023) Invisible men: Short prison sentences and the pains of invisibility and insignificance. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice . ISSN 2059-1098 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/hojo.12517)

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Introduced as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 promised to offer resettlement support to individuals serving short sentences - a cohort who have long been neglected in penal policy and research discourse. Featuring the perspectives of 16 men serving a short sentence in England, this empirical work argues that there is a dissonance between the rhetoric of the additional support promised and the reality these individuals experienced. The pains literature is used to demonstrate how a perceived lack of institutional care and attention led respondents to feel invisible and insignificant. This caused service users to internalise a sense of reliance for their own resettlement. However, the ability to achieve this is predicated on possessing the necessary capital. Paradoxically the more an individual cycles around the revolving door of repeat short prison sentences, the more this capital becomes eroded, leading to the particular pain of burnout. The article concludes by advocating for a presumption against the use of short sentences in England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
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Keywords (uncontrolled): burnout, invisible, pains, resettlement, short sentence, Transforming Rehabilitation (TR)
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 36875
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Depositing User: Matt Cracknell
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2022 10:53
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2023 15:49

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