A theory of change for resettlement

Beyond Youth Custody argues for a theory of change for young people leaving custody which prioritises young people as the agents of their own change.

French attempts to release prisoners early are unsuccessful

00000Although 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 …

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Released prisoners given no support

The Work and Pensions Committee is highly critical of the lack of support given to released prisoners and lends its weight to the “ban the box” campaign.

Making advice work for former prisoners

Centre for Justice Innovation looks at the difficulties for released prisoners in accessing advice and support on release and makes key recommendations.

Inspection criticises young offender resettlement

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.

Justice Committee highly critical of penal policy

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.

Big drop in temporary release hinders resettlement

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.

28% released prisoners have benefits removed

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.

Families are key to offender resettlement

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.

Shining a light on the potential of Payment by Results

00000 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 …

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Promoting offender health – peering into the future

00000Last 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 …

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