Research and analysis

Understanding the process and experience of recall to prison

Four studies conducted to develop an evidence-based and systematic approach for the management of determinate sentenced prisoners on standard recall.


Understanding the process and experience of recall to prison - Analytical Summary

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The four studies were commissioned at a time of rising numbers of people being recalled to prison. The work had four strands: a Risk, Need and Responsivity profile of recalled prisoners; two qualitative investigations of the experience of recall for men and for women; and a survey of Offender Managers and recalled prisoners. The aim was to identify the obstacles and opportunities in the current re-release process, and identify ways for recall to become more rehabilitative.

Published 19 July 2018