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Patterns of reconviction among offenders eligible for Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

The Ministry of Justice has published a research report (Research Series 6/11) which compares reconviction rates of MAPPA-eligible prisoners released from prison from 2001 to 2004 with similar offenders released in the period 1998 to 2000 before MAPPA were in operation. The report acknowledges the limitations of the methodology. For example, many factors other than the creation of MAPPA could be linked to a change in re-offending rates during the period of the study.

The study found that the one-year conviction rate for those released between 2001 and 2004 was lower than that for the 1998 to 2000 group. This finding remained true at a two-year follow-up point for cohorts where this information was available. Pre- to post-MAPPA implementation, the research found a comparatively large fall in the proportion of violent offenders reconvicted after one year.

Conclusions drawn from this research are tentative but it is argued that the findings support the current structured multi-agency approach to risk assessment and risk management.

The report can be found at: mojresearch/patterns-reconviction-mappa.pdf

Edited by Jane Dominey, De Montfort University

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Author:Dominey, Jane
Publication:British Journal of Community Justice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 22, 2011
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