Positive criminology in practice

Natti Ronel, Dana Segev

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The discourse regarding offender rehabilitation has been criticized by various scholars who have claimed that reducing negative causes and managing risk will not automatically prompt positive human development and elements that are associated with desistance. Positive criminology is an innovative concept that challenges the common preoccupation with negative elements, by placing emphasis on human encounters and forces of inclusion that are experienced positively by target individuals and that can promote crime desistance. However, as the concept is relatively new, there are still no guiding principles for the practice of positive criminology that could direct research and the criminal justice system. This article attempts to fill that gap by providing principles that could be practiced by criminal justice personnel and examples of different interventions that reflect positive criminology. The article also provides ideological explanations for adopting the concept of positive criminology in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1407
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2014

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  • desistance
  • positive criminology
  • positive psychology
  • rehabilitation
  • self-centeredness
  • social inclusion


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