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Evidencing the impact of criminal justice services on re-offending

Paper highlighting the limitations of evaluating criminal justice services in terms of their impact on re-offending using reconviction data only.

It discusses the implications of this for policy and recommends the use of other research methods which conform more to the aims of specific services. It also identifies some of the limits of any criminal justice system's capacity to reduce harm in society.

You're hired! : encouraging the employment of ex-offenders (Research note)

Paper highlighting the difficulties and barriers faced by ex-offenders when seeking employment and documenting the social and economic consequences of this situation, both for the offender and wider society. To help remove these barriers it argues for measures such as a network for employers to share their experiences of employing ex-offenders.

Community sentences degest report (second edition)

The report provides good quality objective information about the way community sentences are used, key facts and figures relating to trends in their use, and information about the multiple needs of adult offenders serving community sentences. It is a vital resource for anybody interested in alternatives to custody. The report is part of the Community Sentences project of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies which was set up to investigate and monitor the Community Order and Suspended Sentence Order introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

Restorative Justice : Blooming Good Idea Training Guide

This training tool and teaching guide introduce the basic concepts and ideas of Restorative Justice for use in all kinds of learning environments. It provides a helpful multimedia visual that will give learners a concrete and visual image to relate the theory of Restorative Justice (RJ) to. It also provides the instructor with helpful suggestions, worksheets, and explains the elements of the resource.

Crime & justice in Scotland 2006/07 : a third review of progress

Report providing an overview of crime and justice policies in Scotland and making comparisons with data from previous reviews to give an indication of how Scotland is performing.

The Community Order and the Mental Health Treatment Requirement

The Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) of the Community Order can be given to offenders in England who have an identified mental health problem and have consented to receiving readily available treatment. This paper lays out what is known so far about the MHTR and further areas for investigation concerning its operation.

Do you know how supporting victims of crime is helping Scotland?

Report providing an overview of statistics and information to help demonstrate the link between crime and the achievement of Scotland's principal targets and provoke thought and discussion about the future development of services.

Forensic mental health services : facts and figures on current provision

Report providing a profile of the population detained in medium and high secure hospitals in England. It also considers issues such as are forensic services an appropriate form of diversion and would social, community-based, interventions be more appropriate and cost-effective?

Diversion : a better way for criminal justice and mental health

Report assessing the case for diversion for offenders with mental health problems from a value for money viewpoint. It concludes from the evidence that well-designed arrangements for diversion have the potential to produce many benefits such as cost and efficiency savings within the criminal justice system and improvements in mental health.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland : annual report 2008-2009

Report providing a review of the inspection activities of HMIP in Scotland as well as reporting on the issues of severe and enduring mental health problems in Scotland's prisons and young offenders in adult establishments.