Research and analysis

Process evaluations on intensive alternatives to custody

Qualitative process evaluations of seven Intensive Alternative to Custody (IAC) pioneer areas.

Documents

Intensive Alternatives to Custody - Process evaluation of pilots in five areas

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Process Evaluation of Manchester and Salford Intensive Alternatives to Custody Pilot

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Process Evaluation of Derbyshire Intensive Alternatives to Custody Pilot

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Qualitative process evaluations of seven Intensive Alternative to Custody (IAC) pioneer areas were undertaken to assess implementation of IAC and capture the lessons learnt.

The findings indicated that many of the persistent offenders (those with at least 29 prior convictions) targeted by pilots were positive about the IAC order.

Although intensive, it provided order and stability, allowing them to move away from a criminal lifestyle. Sentencers welcomed the order as a viable alternative to custody. Probation staff and partners were equally positive about its efficacy.

Only one in four IAC orders were revoked because requirements were breached, which suggests that the pilots had managed to engage many of the offenders.

Published 12 July 2012