2005: The Connection

“Desistance Strategies: A study of criminal behavior from the offenders’ point of view”

for The Connection, Inc.

by Tushar Kansal, Dania Reid, Craig Thomas, and Henry White


This study highlights factors that aid and hinder criminal offenders as they attempt to change their behavior and desist from crime.  We stress the perspectives of the offenders themselves.  We conducted 22 interviews with graduates of Connection House and current members of the Middlesex and Meriden Alternative to Incarceration Centers (AICs).  In this report, we include both statistics and quotations.  We seek to emphasize the voices of our interviewees: individuals who struggle on a daily basis with the issues of criminality and desistance.