This comprehensive text explains all the key themes in the development and practice of offender rehabilitation. It explores how the issue fits within its wider social and political contexts, giving an insight into its current and future relevance to criminal justice. The book covers the full range of rehabilitative approaches, exploring how criminal justice responses have been influenced by trends such as the treatment model, ‘What Works?’, desistance, risk and public protection, and changes in social policy.

Offending Behaviour Programmes

Offending behaviour programmes


In Chapter 5 we explored the revival and re-legitimation of rehabilitation in the context of an international ‘What Works?’ movement which began to have a significant impact on penal policy and practice from the 1990s. In that chapter we noted that a key element of ‘What Works?’ was the development and proliferation of programmes of intervention, known collectively as offending behaviour programmes (OBPs). Our task in this chapter is to consider the rise of such programmes in more detail and to examine whether they have in fact lived up to their considerable promise. We begin by defining what is meant by a ‘programme’ in this context, and go on to examine how the development of programmes to tackle offending behaviour ...

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