Evaluation of the Employment and Reoffending Pilot: Lessons learnt from the planning and early implementation phase

The first evaluation report from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Employment and Reoffending Pilot was published in December 2013. The research was conducted by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research. The Employment and Reoffending Pilot, linked to the Work Programme, was co-commissioned by MoJ and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The evaluation draws out lessons learned from the pilot design, development, implementation and delivery, providing valuable learning to inform the implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) strategy. The report contains findings from the set-up and first six months of operation of the pilot.

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Job vacancy: part-time Research Assistant

ICPR is seeking to appoint a part-time Research Assistant with qualitative and quantitative research skills to work on a project evaluating the What Works Centre in Crime Reduction.

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Changes to the management structure

ICPR wishes to announce the following changes to its management structure. As of 1 November 2013, Professor Mike Hough has stepped down from his role as Co-Director of the Institute. He will continue his involvement in ICPR by taking on an Associate Director role, and through his ongoing work on several ICPR research projects. Dr Jessica Jacobson, formerly a Senior Research Fellow at ICPR, has taken up the post of Co-Director alongside current Co-Director Paul Turnbull.

Out of the shadows: Victims' and witnesses' experiences of the Crown Court

On 1st October Victim Support published a report by Gillian HunterJessica Jacobson and Amy Kirby about victims' and witnesses' experiences of the Crown Court. The report presented the findings of a 20 month ESRC study of the public's experiences of the Crown Court. The study was conducted in two Crown Courts and involved in-depth interviews with 44 victims and witnesses and one family member of a victim.

The report was featured in  The Guardian and discussed on BBC Radio 5 Live by Victoria Derbyshire.

Click here to read the authors' blog about the study.


European Seminar to Focus on Local Policing Initiatives

On 19th September 2013, the Institute for Criminal Policy Research hosted a European seminar on the topic of local policing.

Academics and practitioners heard about 11 initiatives from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark and the UK which had been selected for the innovative ways in which they address particular challenges faced by local police forces and the organisations that they work with.

The initiatives presented included projects focusing on juvenile delinquency; reintegration of ex-prisoners into the community; tackling illegal immigration; improving the perception of insecurity among vulnerable citizens; end gang and youth violence; and building positive community networks.

ICPR will be compiling a compendium of European Community Policing initiatives to be published later this year.

Recent book chapters published by the ICPR team

Mike Hough has written two chapters in recently published books. The first, written alongside Jonathan Jackson (LSE) and Ben Bradford (University of Oxford), 'Trust in justice and the legitimacy of legal authorities' has been published in the first edition of the Routledge Handbook of European Criminology. Mike has also written a chapter alongside Amy Kirby, 'The Role of Public Opinion in Formulating Sentencing Guidelines' in Sentencing Guidelines: Exploring the English Model (Oxford University Press).

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What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

ICPR is part of an academic consortium that has won a £3.3million grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the College of Policing to mount a three-year programme of work to build more evidence around what really works in reducing crime. The consortium of eight institutions is led by University College London (UCL).

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Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences

Criminology & Criminal Justice have recently published Amy Kirby and Jessica Jacobson's research, 'Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences'. This article presents the findings of focus group research into public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences. The study was commissioned by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales to inform the development of their new guideline on drug offences. Last year the Sentencing Council won the Guardian award for evidence-based policy making for its work on developing the guideline:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2012/nov/20/sentencing-council-winner-evidence-based-policy

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Turkish Police: Improvement of Civilian Oversight of Internal Security

ICPR is providing technical consultancy support for this project. The overall objective of the project is to expand the enjoyment of civil rights by Turkish citizens and to increase democratic control of internal security in the regulatory system and the public administration practice of Turkey.

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Policing Organised Crime Groups

ICPR has secured funding from the Dawes Trust to mount a multi-dimensional, two-year study of organised crime groups (OCGs) in the UK. The aim will be to provide an understanding of the nature, extent and diversity of organised criminal activity, and to identify different types of OCGs.

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Attitudes to Sentencing and Trust in Justice: Exploring Trends from the Crime Survey for England and Wales

On 24th May 2013, the Ministry of Justice published a report by Mike Hough, Ben Bradford, Jonathan Jackson and Julian Roberts, 'Attitudes to Sentencing and Trust in Justice'. This presents an analysis of the 2010/2011 Crime Survery for England and Wales, and of the 2010 European Social Survey.

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Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime Consultation - a response from the Institute for Criminal Policy Research

On 29 March 2013 the Ministry of Justice launched a consultation at 'Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime'. The consultation sets out a revised Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (the original version was published in 2006). In this response ICPR provides comment and recommendations upon several proposed changes to the Code including: the dedicated section for children and young people and the introduction of entitlements relating to Victim Personal Statements and restorative justice.

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Young People and the Secure Estate: Needs and Interventions

Tracey Gyateng, Alessandro MorettiTiggey May and Paul Turnbull have recently completed a study for the Youth Justice Board examining the needs and characteristics of young people held in young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes in England and the interventions they have received. The report makes a number of recommendations for how improvements can be made; primarily calling for better recording and targeting of the interventions young people receive; querying the effectiveness of short sentences; and ensuring that collaboration between agencies takes place to ensure continuity of care following release.

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Further insights into aspects of the EU illicit durgs market

Tiggey MayTim McSweeneyPaul Turnbull and Oonagh Skrine recently completed work on European drug markets for the European Commission in collaboration with the Trimbos Institute and RAND Europe. ICPR has contributed chapters on the impact of opioid substitution treatment on heroin markets and drugs policy in the Netherlands and Portugal. Summaries of the work on opioid substitution treatment and Dutch cannabis policy have just been made available, the full report will follow at a later date   Read more.

HMIC Stop and Search Survey

If you have been stopped and searched by the police, HMIC wants to hear from you. HMIC have been asked by the government to find out of the police are being fair and following the rules when they stop and search people in the street. They want to hear first-hand the expereicnes and views of people who have been stopped and searched.

If this is you, please fill in a short survey http://yougov.com/HMICsurvey

You don't need to give your name; the survey is completely anonymous and confidential. Your views will be used to help improve the way police use their powers to stop and search in the furture.

The development and impact of community services for women: an evaluation

Polly Radcliffe and Gillian Hunter have recently completed an evaluation of six Women's Community Services developed to divert women from the criminal justice system and offending. The services were funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Corston Coalition of Independent Funders as part of the Women's Diversion Fund Read more.

Intelligent Justice

Mike Hough has co-authored a Howard League pamphlet, "Intelligent Justice", that was launched at the House of Commons on 5 February. The paper says that the debate on penal policy has been over-focussed on issues of narrow utility - or reducing reoffending. The paper argues that the crime reduction benefits of community penalties and prisons are finely balanced, and that a broader discussion is needed on the sorts of values that should infuse
penal policy. It concludes that there is a need for a greater focus on genuine reintegration of offenders into their communities, and for restorative approaches to justice. Read more

The EU Drug Markets Report

Mike Hough worked as scientific editor on a report published on 28 February by the European Commission, The EU Drug markets Report. The report was jointly produced by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and by Europol. For further information see http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/events/2013/drug-markets.

Evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions 'Day One' access to the Work Programme

ICPR is working with the Work Programme Evaluation Consortium on an evaluation funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP has mandated prison leavers claiming Jobseeker's Allowance to the Work Programme from the day of their release. The Employment and Reoffending pilot offers an outcome payment for reduced reoffending. The research will evaluate 'Day One' access to the Work Programme and the Employment and Reoffending pilot. We will be conducting interviews with staff involved in the design of Day One Mandation, prison and job centre staff, prisoners, ex-offenders in the community and employers of ex-offenders on the Work Programme.

New publications

Gyateng, T., Moretti, A., May, T. and Turnbull, P. (2013)

Young People and the Secure Estate: Needs and Interventions

London: Youth Justice Board

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Radcliffe, P. and Hunter, G. with Vass, R. (2013)

The development and impact of community services for women offenders: an evaluation

London: ICPR

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Hough, M., Farrall, S. and McNeill, F. (2013)

Intelligent Justice: Balancing the effects of community sentences and custody

London: The Howard League for Penal Reform.

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