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What Works: Reducing Reoffending Guidelines from Research and Practice

James McGuire (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-95686-0
260 pages
May 1999
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The last few years have seen a marked change in attitudes to the rehabilitation and management of offenders. It is now impossible to ignore evidence which demonstrates the possibilities for reducing reoffending. This book assembles and consolidates that evidence, and indicates the implications for both practice and research. Professionals in probation, parole and law, as well as in forensic psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and prison management and policy, will find this book of direct relevance to their work and thinking. It will be of interest and value to practitioners, academics and researchers across the whole field of adult and juvenile criminal justice. A key emphasis of the book is the relationship between research and practice: the evidence presented here constitutes a significant advancement in knowledge in the social sciences generally, and the findings are of considerable practical importance, in providing guidelines of relevance to practitioners and policy-makers throughout the criminal justice system.
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About the Editor.

List of Contributors.

Series Preface.



Reviewing "What Works": Past, Present and Future (J. McGuire and P. Priestley).

The Psychology of Criminal Conduct and Effective Treatment (D. Andrews).

What do We Learn from 400 Research Studies on the Effectiveness of Treatment with Juvenille Delinquents (M. Lipsey)?

The Efficacy of Correctional Treatment: A Review and Synthesis of Meta-evaluations (F. Losel).


The STOP Programme: Reasoning and Rehabilation in a British Setting (C. Knott).

Creating a Culture of Change: A Case Study of a Car Crime Project in Belfast (T. Chapman).

Teaching Self-risk Management to Violent Offenders (J. Bush).

A Rationale for the Treatment of Sex Offenders: Pro Bono Publico) (R. Prentky).

Diversion from Prosecution: A Scottish Experience (D. Cooke).


The Meaning and Implications of "Programme Integrity" (C. Hollin).

Practitioner Evaluation in Probation (G. McIvor).

Effective Practice and Service Delivery (C. Roberts).

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