Nature for rehabilitating offenders and facilitating therapeutic outcomes for youth at risk

Authored by: Jules Pretty , Carly Wood , Rachel Bragg , Jo Barton

Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415678827
eBook ISBN: 9780203093658
Adobe ISBN: 9781317809005


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Nature and green space provide important benefits for human well-being, both through contact with nature and the ability to view and access nature (Hine et al. 2007; Pretty et al. 2005). The use of nature-based interventions has also been demonstrated to increase health and well-being in vulnerable groups of people (Hine et al. 2008; Sempik et al. 2010). Youth at risk of involvement in crime, individuals who are imprisoned or on probation from crime, ex-offenders and victims of crime—all could be considered to be part of a vulnerable group for whom nature-based interventions can be useful (Carter and Hanna 2007; Hine et al. 2008, 2009a; Peacock et al. 2008). The use of natural interventions for individuals involved in or at-risk of involvement in crime can foster behavior change by addressing many of the issues directly related to their criminal activity and helping them to avoid and overcome these problems (Hine et al. 2008; Peacock et al. 2008; Pretty et al. 2009). For individuals who have been victims of crime, interactions and experiences with nature can help them to deal with the trauma that they have experienced and re-integrate them into society (Hine et al. 2009b).

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