Key findings this month
One request is being published this month. The request is being published for Prisoners Education Trust (PET), which provides grants to prisoners for academic and vocational courses or to purchase arts/hobby materials. Eight analyses were completed using Justice Data Lab matched control groups, looking at the impact of grants given for specific learning types or for those refused such grants:
- academic courses
- vocational courses
- arts and hobby materials
- Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) accredited courses
- Open University courses
- any grant type
- refused on a time technicality
- refused (not on a time technicality)
All analyses indicate that there are statistically significant reductions in the 1 year proven re-offending rate.
There were also 4 bespoke comparisons between different groups of offenders who applied for PET’s grants, comparing those who were awarded with those who were refused such grants:
- all awarded compared to those refused on a ‘time technicality’
- awarded first time compared to those refused then awarded;
- all awarded compared to all refused;
- refused then awarded compared to those refused (not on ‘time technicality’)
The first 2 analyses showed statistically significant differences in the 1 year proven re-offending while the last 2 analyses were inconclusive.
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 Transforming Justice, Director of Sentencing and Rehabilitation Policy unit, Senior Strategy Advisor, relevant Policy Advisers for reducing re-offending policy (three persons in total), Policy Advisors for the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, and relevant special advisors, press officers, and private secretaries.
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
For further information about the Justice Data Lab, refer to the guidance.