We are like devils in their eyes: perceptions and experiences of stigmatization and discrimination against recidivists in Ghana

Dako-Gyeke, Mavis, and Baffour, Frank (2016) We are like devils in their eyes: perceptions and experiences of stigmatization and discrimination against recidivists in Ghana. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55 (4). 452. pp. 235-253.

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Abstract

This study employed a qualitative research design to explore the perceptions and experiences of stigmatization and discrimination against recidivists in Ghana. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews with 20 adults and analyzed to identify emerging themes that addressed the objectives of the study. The findings indicated that the community members had negative perceptions about recidivists. Additionally, evidence showed that recidivists included in this study had experiences of stigma and discrimination in areas, such as employment, housing, and romantic relationships. The findings suggest the need for a collaborative effort that aims at removing barriers that hinder formerly incarcerated persons’ reintegration into society.

Item ID: 60846
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-8558
Keywords: offender reentry, qualitative research, recidivism, reentry, reintegration, support systems
Copyright Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 06:39
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 50%
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