From recovery capital to justice capital

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This seminar was recorded on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at the Australian National University. Please do not reproduce without permission.

This seminar provides an overview of a strengths-based approach to involvement with the criminal justice system, at both an individual and an institutional level, assessing resources accessible to support rehabilitation.

Recovery capital has been used to conceptualise the strengths and resources that are available to support pathways to addiction recovery consisting of personal, social and community capital. Groshkova, Best and White (2012) created an initial scale based on this measure called the Assessment of Recovery Capital. More recently, Cano, Best et al (2017) have embedded this in a larger measure of recovery care planning that is now used in the UK recovery prison and in Florida recovery residences. This idea has been expanded by Hamilton et al (2020) to create the idea of justice capital to describe the positive resources that may support the rehabilitation of detained youth with neurocognitive deficits.

This seminar will explore this idea and its potential application at an institutional as well as individual level.

About the speaker

David Best is Professor of Criminology at the University of Derby and Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at The Australian National University. He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, he has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders. He has authored or co-edited five books on addiction recovery, and has written more than 200 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. In 2019, he has produced a monograph entitled Pathways to Desistance and Recovery: The role of the social contagion of hope (Policy Press) and a co-edited volume Strength-based approaches to crime and substance use (Routledge).

David’s research interests include recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measurement, social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.

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