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Getting out and staying out: results of the Prisoner resettlement Pathfinders

Clancy, Anna, Hudson, Kirsty, Maguire, Michael, Peake, Richard, Raynor, Peter, Vanstone, Maurice and Kynch, Jocelyn 2006. Getting out and staying out: results of the Prisoner resettlement Pathfinders. Researching Criminal Justice Series, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

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Abstract

Short-term prisoners have exceptionally high reconviction rates, fuelled by major social problems. Growing recognition of this, and of deficiencies in prison-probation coordination, has accelerated 'resettlement' of ex-prisoners up the penal agenda. The 'Resettlement Pathfinders' tested several new partnership-based approaches. This report evaluates three probation-led projects which combined practical assistance with interventions to improve motivation and capacity to change. Their key feature was the delivery of a cognitive-motivational programme ('FOR - A Change') specially designed for short-termers. The study found this produced significant changes in attitude, as well as greater 'continuity' (voluntary post-release contact between offenders and project staff) than previous approaches. It also found evidence of association between continuity and reduced reconviction. Overall, the findings support resettlement strategies based on fostering and nurturing offenders' motivation to change, facilitating access to services, and 'through the gate' contact with staff or volunteers with whom a relationship has already been built. The research offers findings and insights of practical value to probation and prison officers, as well as staff of other agencies that work with prisoners and ex-prisoners. The report should also be read by penal policy-makers, criminology/criminal justice academics and students, and those engaged in staff training.

Item Type: Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781861348173
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 13:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/115356

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