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Sports CriminologyA Critical Criminology of Sport and Games$
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Nic Groombridge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323150

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323150.001.0001

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Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport

Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport

(p.121) Seven Retraining: crime prevention and desistance through sport
Sports Criminology

Nic Groombridge

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It is sometimes simplistically claimed that sport is a cure for criminality in assisting with rehabilitation or desistance. Boxing offers a problematic consideration of this. Though legal in many jurisdictions, boxing is frequently banned within penal institutions. However, Thailand currently offers amnesty for some successful boxers and the broadcasting of bouts from within some US prisons occurred in the late 1970s. The accusations carried in previous chapters give enough pause for thought, but the majority of this chapter reviews evaluations of ‘what works’ for sports like football and rugby as well as outdoor adventure. The little work specifically with women is mentioned. Some consideration is given to whether less traditional sports might be tried like tennis or quidditch.

Keywords:   prisons, boxing, women, rehabilitation, desistance

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