Exploring alternative terrain in the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders: Findings from a prison-based music project

Laura Caulfield, DEAN WILKINSON, David Wilson

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Abstract

The arts in prison settings have provided an alternative or complimentary component to rehabilitation. Despite increased interest, studies capturing the voice of offenders participating in projects and the long-term impact are limited. Data from semi-structured interviews with 18 men who had taken part in a music-based project while incarcerated, including one group of five participants who were tracked for 18 months with supplemented data from correctional staff and official documentation, is presented. Participants of the art-based projects comment on changes they believe to have derived from participating in the project, particularly relating to emotions, self-esteem, self-confidence, communication and social skills. An exoffender sample of participants reported that participation in art projects provide experiences that promote beneficial skills that have been useful for post prison life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-418
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume55
Issue number6
Early online date5 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Arts in Prison
  • offender's voices
  • rehabilitation
  • treatment

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