42 Crim. Just. & Behavior 5 (2015)

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University ofNorth Carolina at Charlotte
Victoria University of Wellington

Keywords: introduction; rehabilitation; correctional psychology; values and ethics; desistance

The literature   on offender treatment and desistance from crime is in its formative period
    of  development.  To date, theoretical, empirical, clinical, and policy analyses have
raised important questions about risk assessment, good lives programming, and socio-cul-
tural critique. One issue at the center of this literature that has yet to be systematically con-
sidered is the role of values and ethics in the desistance process. This issue acknowledges
that a moral sensibility or code is very much a part of official responses to criminal conduct,
approved  modes  of rehabilitative intervention, and certified forms of reconciliation. What
is not so clear is whether this moral entrepreneurship effectively promotes or impedes the
journey  of offender treatment and desistance from crime. This special issue of Criminal
Justice and Behavior aims to examine  these dynamics.
   In the Response to Crime section of this special issue, authors consider where and how
institutional decision making (i.e., the system's approach to desistance) advances the aims of
social justice, psychological well-being, autonomy, and/or other dignity-enhancing impera-
tives. Bruce Arrigo reviews this concern philosophically by proposing how the normative
and  cultural diagnostics of psychological jurisprudence are useful for developing a trans-
desistance (i.e., human social capital) theory of offender treatment, recovery, and transfor-
mation.  Astrid Birgden  addresses  this matter conceptually by  integrating therapeutic
jurisprudence principles with the doctrine of human rights as fitted to the reparative logic of
desistance. Heather Bersot  and Bruce  Arrigo investigate this issue jurisprudentially by
explaining how  the U.S. Supreme   Court case law  on sex offenders and sexually violent
predators represents decision making  that furthers the (underdeveloped) ethical aims of
legal moralism.
   In the Modes of Rehabilitation section of this special issue, authors consider where and
how   offender  treatments and  therapeutic  correctives manage   human   risk or  grow

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Correspondence concerning   this article should be addressed to Bruce A. Arrigo,
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
28223; e-mail: barrigo@uncc.edu.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, 2015, Vol. 42, No. 1, January 2015, 5-6.
DOI: 10.1177/0093854814550022
 2014 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology

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