Perspectives on recidivists: the views of detainees, the general public and people working with offenders

  • Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied PsychologyUniversity of Padova (Italy)
  • Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology University of Padova (Italy)
  • University of Padova


There is ample evidence on recidivism including its relationships with drug use, addiction, mental illness and security problems; however there has been less research based on direct accounts of detainee experiences and on the experience of people who try to prevent recidivism. The aim of this research was to describe how recidivism is perceived and dealt with by different actors: offenders (recidivists and non-recidivists), pedagogical operators and the public. The wider objective of the study was to identify ways in which various stakeholders can facilitate social reintegration of prisoners. The interviews revealed marked differences in how recidivism is interpreted; these affect both management of recidivism risk and the rehabilitation process, which involves society. The results suggest some ways of reducing recidivism, such as work groups among the actors involved, educational opportunities for offenders and the implementation of reintegration projects according to the laws on alternatives to prison.

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Published: 2018-03-01
Pages:60 to 75
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Author Biographies

Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied PsychologyUniversity of Padova (Italy)

Prof. Antonio Iudici ( has master degrees in psychology and specialization in psychoterapy. He currently teaches "Clinical Psychology of Interaction" in Department of Philosophy, Education, Sociology and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) of the University of Padova (Italy) and teaches in Master of Postgraduate Education, Interuniversity: Mediation as an operational tool within the areas family, criminal, community, civil and commercial (FISPPA) and in Postgraduate Course in Juridical and Forensic Psychology. He is Associate Research at the Institute of Psychology and Psychotherapy of Padova and he is specialist in Juridical psychology). He has published over 15 peer-reviewd articles, some book chapters and a monograph.

Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology University of Padova (Italy)

Dr. Fela Boccato ( has master degrees in psychology in University of Padova. Her main interests are about the recidivism and the reintegration of detainees. She is also interested in studying the rehabilitation of offender and the problems related to employment after prison. Other studies concerning juvenile justice and the restorative justice projects.

University of Padova

Elena Faccio is Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) of the University of Padua. She is interested in investigating the issues of identity and change, both from a theoretical and a clinical point of view. She is the author of numerous researches and of three volumes on bodily and alimentary diseases in the perspective of the dialogic self and interactionist approach; She is also interested in the theme of language and its relevance in the process of constructing and negotiating meanings in psychotherapy. Another area of research and in-depth study is that concerning gender variations and sexuality. She teaches the following subjects: "Clinical Psychology of Interaction" "Interventions in Clinical Psychology of Interaction" and "Methods and Techniques in Interactionism and Constructivism" at the Clinical-Dynamic Master Degree. She also teaches at the Ph.D. School in Social Science of the same University and at the Master in Mediation in institutional contexts. She is involved in collaborations with colleagues from the University of Melbourne (Au), from Hertfordshire (UK), from Poznan (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland), University of Clarck (USA), and in Italy with Milano Bicocca, Milan Cattolica, Bergamo, Bari, Palermo and Catania.