Negotiating challenges faced by homicide offenders upon their release from prison: a thematic analysis

F. Jeane Gerard, Rebecca L. Crookes

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This study explored the perceptions of the challenges faced by homicide offenders (HOs) reintegrating into the community after prison. Through interviews with six HOs and 10 Probation Officers in the United Kingdom, three themes were identified in the thematic analysis: Transitioning from life in prison to a new world; societal stigma and media representations; and the psychological aspects of homicide. Reintegrating into a fast-paced society proved difficult for all HOs, who struggled to adapt, carry their licensing conditions, find identity and purpose, and cope with the fear of being recalled to prison. Stigma and negative media portrayal hindered their acceptance by society. Managing psychological factors and self-identity while addressing the gravity of taking a life may provide a sense of individual agency and prevent reoffending. These findings can inform policymakers and practitioners working with homicide offenders in the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-227
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Early online date21 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2024

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  • offender rehabilitation
  • homicide offenders
  • stigma
  • recidivism


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