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Effective Drug Courts in USA 7th June 2012

Drug Courts are proving to an effective way to reduce re-offending Read more

UK: NTA report released estimating the crime reduction benefits of drug treatment and recovery 22nd May 2012

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, in conjunction with the Home Office and the Department of Health, has developed a Value for Money (VFM) model for evaluating cost effectiveness in relation to the previous drug strategy. Read more

US: Connecticut report released on rates of sex offender recidivism 26th March 2012

A study released in February 2012 by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management found that sex offenders released from prison in Connecticut are unlikely to return to prison for a new sex crime. Read more

UK: Retired governor of women’s prison condemns short-term sentences and calls for alternatives to incarceration 13th February 2012

Chatterton wants to review the “aims and intent of the use of custody” and look for ways to ensure that only those women have committed serious crimes are ultimately incarcerated. Instead, many women should ideally be placed in secure mental health units or other programs that could be funded by… Read more

NI: Follow-up report on 'The Treatment of Vulnerable Prisoners by the Northern Ireland Prison Service' 6th February 2012

A follow-up report from the Criminal Justice Inspection in Northern Ireland (CJI) has found that while there has been progress in the treatment of vulnerable prisoners, changes in the attitude and behaviours of the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) are still required. Read more

UK: Old enough to know better? Young adults in the UK criminal justice system 25th January 2012

As part of its 'Out of Trouble' campaign,the Prison Reform Trust has published a briefing on young adults in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. Read more

UK: 'Looked After Children and Offending: Reducing Risk and Promoting Resilience' 17th January 2012

A new report by The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT) and the Centre for the Research on the Child and the Family at the University of East Anglia looks at the correlation between children in care and offending. Read more

UK: 'Rules of Engagement: Changing the Heart of Youth Justice' 17th January 2012

A policy report by the Centre for Social Justice/Youth Justice Working Group, examining the efficiency of the Youth Justice System in the UK, has just been published. Read more

(Northern Ireland) Inspection Reports demand overhaul of Hydebank Wood 10th October 2011

Inspections of both Hydebank Wood Women's Prison and Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre highlight there is a great need for change in both centres. Read more

U.S: 'No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration' 4th October 2011

A new report, published today, examines the United States' approach to juvenile incarceration, which has been proven to be a failed and flawed approach to reducing and combating youth crime. Read more

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