Statistics indicate that former military personnel currently constitute the largest occupational category in the prison population. This article reflects on why so many ex-service personnel (overwhelmingly men) end up in custody, particularly in later life and particularly for violent offences Additionally, by drawing on the ideological construction of the soldier as ‘hero’, this article critically discusses why, and how, former military personnel can become forgotten or even shunned by society once they shift from ‘hero’ to ‘villain’.
|Journal||Prison Service Journal|
|Early online date||21 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2017|