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What Works: Reducing Reoffending Guidelines from Research and Practice

What Works: Reducing Reoffending Guidelines from Research and Practice

James McGuire (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-95686-0

May 1999

260 pages

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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.

About the Editor vi

List of Contributors viii

Series Preface ix

Preface xi

Part I: The ‘What Works’ Debate

1 Reviewing ‘What Works’: Past, Present and Future 3
James McGuire and Philip Priestley

2 The Psychology of Criminal Conduct and Effective Treatment 35
Don Andrews

3 What do We Learn from 400 Research Studies on the Effectiveness of Treatment with Juvenile Delinquents? 63
Mark W. Lipsey

4 The Efficacy of Correctional Treatment: A Review and Synthesis of Meta-evaluations 79
Friedrich Lösel

Part II: Practical Applications and Current Developments

5 The STOP Programme: Reasoning and Rehabilitation in a British Setting 115
Christine Knott

6 Creating a Culture of Change: A Case Study of a Car Crime Project in Belfast 127
Tim Chapman

7 Teaching Self-risk Management to Violent Offenders 139
Jack Bush

8 A Rationale for the Treatment of Sex Offenders: Pro Bono Publico 155
Robert Prentky

9 Diversion from Prosecution: A Scottish Experience 173
David Cooke

Part III: Practice, Research and Programme Delivery

10 The Meaning and Implications of ‘Programme Integrity’ 195
Clive R. Hollin

11 Practitioner Evaluation in Probation 209
Gill McIvor

12 Effective Practice and Service Delivery 221
Colin Roberts

Index 237