Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Alternatives to Custody - Tackling Attitudinal Thinking and Change

How refreshing it was to hear Lucie Russell from Smart Justice speaking on the BBC's World at One today, describing how prison is not working and that we need to address the causes of shoplifting and the wider issues of re-offending by dealing with the attitudinal thinking of offenders. If Dr Reid and the CJS were to increase the delivery of such programmes, re-offending rates would fall away significantly.

Importantly however, many of those working with offenders do themselves need additional training to enable them to do so more effectively. Without this, little will change. Investment in such training will reap rich rewards. The Life Change UK Training programme is specifically designed to assist with this requirement.