Desistance, Persistence, Resilience and Resistance: A Qualitative Exploration of how Black Fathers..

Black men with a criminal record work hard to fulfill their roles as fathers, despite the stigma associated with both their Blackness and criminal record. Through interviews, this study uses a strengths-based approach to understand how Black men with criminal records overcome the lack of employment they face, turning the narrative of 'persistent criminal behavior' on its head to show that these men simply want to be able to provide for their families as most do.


Henson, A. (2020). Desistance, persistence, resilience and resistance: A qualitative exploration of how Black fathers with criminal records navigate employer discrimination. Punishment & Society, 1462474520976964. https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474520976964