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The importance of organisational factors in transferring the principles of effective intervention to offender rehabilitation in the real world

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A key threat to proponents of rehabilitation in criminal justice is that of disappointing results due to problems in transferring effective practice from research to ‘real world’ routine delivery. A potential responsivity factor impacting on an offender’s readiness to engage with and benefit from treatment is the organisational capacity of an institutional or community forensic service. While internal readiness refers to the offender’s mental preparedness, external readiness refers to staff, setting and management characteristics. After reviewing programmatic prerequisites, this chapter reviews evidence on the importance of these external readiness factors as mediators of successful outcome. Their influence is exemplified with discussion of the results of the present author’s application, in two different environments, of an evidence-based community supervision programme. The chapter concludes with recommendations for research and practice in rolling out effective interventions in criminal justice environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming environments and rehabilitation
Subtitle of host publicationA guide for practitioners in forensic settings and criminal justice
EditorsGeraldine Akerman, Adrian Needs, Claire Bainbridge
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-66081-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-95911-8, 978-1-138-95912-5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameIssues in Forensic Psychology

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