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National Offender Management Service

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are in place to (a) evaluate the (i) effectiveness and (ii) cost-effectiveness of offender management interventions and (b) provide information on such evaluations. (321176)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has three major longitudinal cohort studies under way aimed at generating evidence on the link between interventions received by offenders and reoffending outcomes. One covers adult prisoners, one adult offenders on community orders, and the other examines juvenile offenders. The MoJ is also overseeing the Unit Cost in Criminal Justice (UCCJ) project which is generating information on the costs of interventions targeted at adult and young offenders. When combined with evidence from the cohorts studies, this will enable the Ministry of Justice to develop further understanding of the cost-effectiveness of interventions.

The findings from these projects will be published on the MoJ website as they become available. Initial results from the prisoner cohort study can be found on the MOJ website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/problems-needs-prisoners.htm