Cognitive Skills Behavior Programs for Offenders in the Community: A Reconviction Analysis

Clive Hollin, James McGuire, Juliet C. Hounsome, Ruth Hatcher, Charlotte Bilby, Emma Palmer

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Abstract

This study presents the findings of an evaluation of the effect on reconviction of three general offending behavior programs involving adult male offenders in the English and Welsh Probation Service. Using a quasi-experimental design controlling for population factors, there was no difference in the reconviction rates of offenders allocated to programs and a comparison group. Offenders who completed a program had a lower rate of reconviction compared to the nonstarter, noncompleter, and comparison groups. A range of explanations for this “completion effect” is discussed, particularly with regard to the emerging literature on readiness to change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-283
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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