Research and analysis

Reducing reoffending in adults: what works

A summary of a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) examining ‘what works’ in interventions to reduce reoffending of young adult offenders.

Detail

The key findings from the report found that:

  • the REA identified 10 studies that evaluated interventions with young adults (aged 18 to 25)
  • 6 studies observed an impact on recidivism
  • there is evidence of reductions in criminal recidivism of several types following prison-based offending behaviour programmes
  • there is evidence of reductions in criminal recidivism from a structured high-intensity detention regime.
  • there is some evidence that following victim–offender conferences there are reductions in reoffending particularly on property crimes