Criminal Recidivism: A Qualitative Study


  • Namitha M S MSc Psychology, Rajagiri College of social sciences, Kerala, India.
  • Afna Sulaiman MSc Psychology, University College, Kerala, India.



Criminal Recidivism, Discrimination, Materialistic Aid, Social Support, Stigma


Criminal recidivism rates are high across the world (50 percent), but only three percent in India, which is low when compared to other countries; however, recidivism remains a problem. Convicts do not like going back to jail after being caught and imprisoned many times. In this light, it is necessary to investigate what factors can lead to a person’s re-conviction of a crime. The current research untangles the subjective feelings of stigma and prejudice, as well as social and materialistic encouragement, to discover the predictors of criminal recidivism. A purposive sampling approach was used to pick 18 reconvicted people for the study. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Stigma and injustice, according to the report, serve as an intangible sanction that leads to criminal recidivism. The inability to live a life with social and material support is a risk factor that must be addressed through adequate education and job opportunities.


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How to Cite

Namitha M S, & Afna Sulaiman. (2022). Criminal Recidivism: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Indian Psychȯlogy, 9(2).