Research and analysis

Delivering rehabilitative conversations with prisoners

Research into the experiences of prison officers who received training to hold rehabilitative conversations with prisoners.



This research involved interviewing prison officers who had received special training in how to hold rehabilitative conversations with prisoners.

The officers were interviewed at 3 points in time, and the analysis of the interviews, reports how their conversations and relationships with prisoners changed following the training.

A comparison group of officers who had not received the training showed no change over the same time period.

The officers involved in the study also reported improved job satisfaction and could observe benefits in the prisoners they worked with.

Published 30 July 2015