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What Works to Reduce Reoffending: A Summary of the Evidence

What Works to Reduce Reoffending: A Summary of the Evidence

Friday, May 8, 2015

ISBN: 9781785443336

This is an updated version of the original review entitled ‘What Works to Reduce Reoffending: A Summary of the Evidence’, published in 2012.

Executive Summary

This evidence review was undertaken to support strategic thinking regarding what works to reduce reoffending. The aim of the review was to examine the research into reducing reoffending, the process(es) by which individuals stop offending, and the impact of the criminal justice system in these processes. It does not consider strategies to reduce the risk of crime more generally, such as through early interventions, increasing the costs of offending or reducing opportunities to offend, as these areas are the focus of a separate Scottish Government published review of the literature on what works to reduce crime.

The review draws on published journal articles, books and reports from academics, government bodies and independent researchers.