Making sense of Going Straight: Personal Accounts of Male Ex-Prisoners in Hong Kong

While most research on desistance targets Western contexts, we offer a point of comparison through an examination of the experiences of a selected group of male ex-offenders upon their discharge from prison in Hong Kong

M. Adorjan; W. H. Chui

2011

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  • While most research on desistance targets Western contexts, we offer a point of comparison through an examination of the experiences of a selected group of male ex-offenders upon their discharge from prison in Hong Kong
  • Semi-structured interviews focusing on prisoner re-entry were conducted with 23 Hong Kong Chinese ex-prisoners
  • Salient themes to explain the process of going straight in Hong Kong were the importance of social support and family, as well as religion
  • Ex-prisoners were critical of the rehabilitative efficacy of Hong Kong’s prisons as well as post-supervision programmes. These criticisms were related to concerns regarding Hong Kong’s competitive and materialistic culture delimiting efforts to desist from crime
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