Authored by: Sarah Skedd

The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138019430
eBook ISBN: 9781315779003
Adobe ISBN: 9781317698173


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This chapter will examine the programmes, activities and opportunities for transformation available to prisoners in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It begins with a brief overview of the development of programmes in both jurisdictions. Drawing on academic analyses and practitioner experience, it examines the debates around the contested concepts of rehabilitation. It outlines what is on offer to prisoners in educational and rehabilitative programmes on both sides of the border.The chapter then explores ideas around ‘what works’ and concludes by considering the context in which these programmes occur. It argues that, while programmes to assist individuals transform their lives are important, it is also imperative to understand the social, structural and political contexts in which education and rehabilitative programmes take place, both within and without the prison.

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