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.