Systematic review finds interpersonal skills of case workers; access to social support & housing; and continuity of case worker relationships are critical success factors.
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Although this blog focuses on criminal justice and substance misuse in the UK, about a quarter of subscribers are from other parts of the world and I’m always interested to hear of new initiatives from around the globe. Today’s post is by Professor Martine Herzog-Evans (@ProfMEvans) who shares findings from a recent study into a French initiative to release prisoners on parole more efficiently in order to reduce the prison population, a subject of particular
Final evaluation of Peterborough Prison resettlement scheme finds it cut reoffending by 9%, so why was it halted half way through?
Langley House Trust spells out disastrous consequences of this April’s housing benefit changes for supported housing providers working with offenders & other vulnerable groups
The reasons for this litany of poor practice have nothing to do with resources or politics. The findings are particularly shameful because the inspectors also found numerous examples of excellent work in custody and community and, where this was the case, the children in question had not reoffended.
The Committee highlights under-resourcing again and says that unless staffing shortages are addressed and the backlog of risk assessments cleared, the new probation providers will be hampered “considerably” in their efforts to provide a better through-the-gate service and reduce reoffending.
People are released on temporary licence in order to attend interviews for jobs and accommodation, organise training opportunities and rebuild and maintain relationships with families. By introducing this new restrictive approach to temporary release, the MoJ is seriously obstructing the efforts of the new Community Rehabilitation Companies to reduce reoffending.
Disappointingly, and somewhat bizarrely, the evaluation was not able to provide information on the core outcome of whether released prisoners were helped to find work by the Work Programme, apparently because the DWP did not require providers to provide separate statistics for this group.
The report found that too often, family relationships are seen simply as a matter of visits which may be increased or reduced according to an offender’s behaviour. There was no evidence that families were involved in sentence planning for instance, even when an offender said they were relying on them for support after release.
It’s indicative of the high level of interest in payment by results that last night’s seminar at the Academy for Justice Commissioning attracted a full house who stayed till the end despite a light breaking through the Ministry of Justice conference suite ceiling where it remained, dangling over the MC’s head, for the duration of the event. The presentation focused on the design, financing and operation of the ONE Service, the PbR scheme which seeks to
Last week I attended a conference on offender health commissioning which had a focus on the voluntary sector. The event was put on jointly by FaithAction, the Mental Health Providers Forum, Men’s Health Forum, NACRO and Action for Prisoners Families with the purpose of educating and encouraging commissioners to engage with the voluntary sector. There is a host of evidence that, relative to the general population, offenders have greater physical, mental and social health care