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Biosocial Factors and Their Influence on Desistance

NCJ Number
301499
Date Published
October 2021
Length
30 pages
Author(s)
Danielle L. Boisvert
Agencies
NIJ
Publication Type
Report (Study/Research)
Annotation

This white paper will examine desistance from crime from a biosocial perspective (i.e., brain development, neuropsychological functioning, and stress system response research) to provide guidance for novel evidence-based correctional policy and practice initiatives.

Abstract

Desistance from crime from a biosocial perspective relies on the inclusion of brain development, neuropsychological functioning, and stress system response research that has specific implications for human behavior. The integration of biosocial research and the application of a biosocial lens have the potential to provide a more comprehensive account of the factors that influence the desistance process. This white paper will examine desistance from crime from a biosocial perspective and provide a guide for new initiatives in evidence-based correctional policy and practice. It calls for refining assessment practices, procedures, and facilities management in correctional settings to recognize the importance of biological risk factors.

Date Created: July 22, 2021