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O'Donnell, Ian (2020) An evidence review of recidivism and policy responses. Dublin: Department of Justice and Equality.

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Key findings of the report include the following:

  • Suspended sentences or community service can be more effective in terms of reducing recidivism than short terms of imprisonment.
  • Planned and structured early release, including parole, may reduce recidivism.
  • Perception of fairness may have an impact on likelihood of recidivism. A perception of procedural unfairness can lead to alienation, resistance and noncompliance whereas a belief that one has been treated fairly may reduce the likelihood of future offending.
  • There appears to be a significant treatment effect associated with cognitive behavioural interventions delivered both in community and custodial settings.

 

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