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.
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.
Click here for details of how to apply.
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
Out of the shadows: Victims' and witnesses' experiences of the
On 1st October Victim Support published a report
Hunter, Jessica 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
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
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).
Read Mike's profile.
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).
Public attitudes to the sentencing of drug offences
Criminology & Criminal Justice have recently
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
Turkish Police: Improvement of Civilian Oversight of Internal
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.
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.
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
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.
Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime
Consultation - a response from the Institute for Criminal Policy
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.
Young People and the Secure Estate: Needs and
Tracey Gyateng, Alessandro Moretti, Tiggey May
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.
Further insights into aspects of the EU illicit durgs
McSweeney, Paul 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
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
If this is you, please fill in a short survey
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
The development and impact of community services for women: an
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
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
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.
Gyateng, T., Moretti, A., May, T. and Turnbull, P.
Young People and the Secure Estate: Needs and
London: Youth Justice Board
Radcliffe, P. and Hunter, G. with Vass, R. (2013)
The development and impact of community services for
women offenders: an evaluation
M., Farrall, S. and McNeill, F. (2013)
Intelligent Justice: Balancing the effects of community
sentences and custody
London: The Howard League for Penal Reform.