The local justice reinvestment (LJR) pilot was part of the Ministry of Justice commitment to test new approaches to criminal justice through payment by results commissioning. 6 pilot sites were established – in Greater Manchester and the London boroughs of Croydon, Hackney, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. The overall aim of the pilot was to test the impact of LJR on reducing ‘cost of demand’ (as measured by a range of Criminal Justice System ‘CJS’ metrics).
This is the final report from the process evaluation examining the implementation of the pilot. The research explored what actions were taken by the sites; their effect on the individual CJS metrics, and overall cost of demand; perceived strengths and weaknesses of the approaches; and implications for policy and practice. The methodology primarily involved interviews, workshops, and focus groups with stakeholders, conducted in 3 phases between November 2011 and December 2013. Data on the CJS metrics were also examined.