Key findings this month
One request is being published this month:
The request is for an employment programme run by the National Offender Management Service (Co-Financing Organisation) whose providers work with offenders in prison and the community, many of whom are considered hard to help, to help them access mainstream services with the aim of gaining skills and employment. This analysis focuses on those who started the programme between March 2011 and December 2012 in custody, on leaving custody or in the community.
The JDL analyses, which compare each group separately to a matched control group of those who did not take part in the programme, indicate that there is currently insufficient evidence at this stage to draw a conclusion about the impact of the employment programme on the 1-year proven reoffending rate, irrelevant of whether the programme took place in prison or not. However, for those who took part on leaving custody there was a significant reduction in the frequency of reoffending, and there was a significant reduction in the time to first reoffence for those who took part either in or on leaving custody.
There were also 3 bespoke analyses comparing each group to each of the others in turn and assessing the effectiveness of the programme in each setting. Care needs to be taken with these comparisons as they are not comparisons between matched treatment and control groups and differences are likely to reflect the different characteristics of each group. The differences in the reoffending rate and frequency of reoffending for offenders who took part in the employment programme on leaving custody and those who took part in the community were not significant. However, both groups had a significantly lower reoffending rate and frequency of reoffending than those who took part in custody.
The bulletin is produced and handled by the Ministry’s analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons: Ministry of Justice Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State - Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, Minister of State for Civil Justice (Lords Minister), Permanent Secretary, Director General of Strategy and Change, 7 Policy Advisers for reducing reoffending and rehabilitation policy, and 2 special advisors, 3 press officers, and 5 private secretaries.
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
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