Beating the Odds: A Narrative Study of Males Convicted of a Violent Offense Who Did Not Recidivate at Least Three-years-postrelease from a Correctional Facility
Recidivism rates in the United States continue to grow at alarming rates. Over half of all males convicted of a violent offense recidivate within three years of the initial offense. The majority of research on males who recidivate is focused on predictors of returning to criminal behavior. Further, counseling specific research and literature on this topic is especially limited. Therefore, there is a need to explore this topic from a different perspective. An emphasis on the successes of males who did not recidivate after a violent offense conviction may yield forward movement with respect to successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals. The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of males who did not recidivate after a violent offense conviction from a strengths-based perspective. Narrative inquiry was used to understand and analyze the experiences of six males who committed a violent offense and did not recidivate at least three years from their last release from a correctional facility. Social constructivism informed data analysis and results were compared to the existing body of literature. Implications and directions for future related research will also be presented.