The Justice Data Lab has been launched as a pilot from April 2013. During this pilot, a small team from Analytical Services within the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) will support organisations that provide offender services by allowing them easy access to aggregate reoffending data, specific to the group of people they have worked with. This will support organisations in understanding their effectiveness at reducing reoffending.
The service model involves organisations sending the Justice Data Lab team details of the offenders they have worked with along with information about the specific intervention they have delivered. The Justice Data Lab team then matches these offenders to MOJ’s central datasets and returns the reoffending rate of this particular cohort, alongside that of a control group of offenders with very similar characteristics to better identify the impact of the organisation’s work.
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Main findings to date
This publication reports on the Justice Data Lab requests received in the 14 months between the launch of the Justice Data Lab on 2 April 2013 and 30 June 2014. During this period there were 87 requests for reoffending information through the Justice Data Lab.
One request is being published this month for the organisation Working Chance. Working Chance is a charity that supports female offenders into voluntary and paid work with mainstream employers. This analysis relates to female offenders who received the recruitment service run by Working Chance in prison or in the community between 2009 and 2011. This analysis indicates that individuals who received the recruitment service run by Working Chance, experienced a reduction in reoffending between 0.2 and 13 percentage points compared with a matched control group.
The bulletin is produced and handled by MOJ’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, Permanent Secretary, Director of Sentencing and Rehabilitation Policy Unit, relevant policy advisers for reducing reoffending (2 persons in total), policy advisers for the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, and relevant press officers and special advisers.
The report is released by MOJ and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.