Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Villains? Former military personnel in prison.

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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’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-29
JournalPrison Service Journal
Early online date21 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2017


  • Military
  • prison
  • identity
  • PTSD


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