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The impact of policy change on prisoner resettlement and community integration: A case of disproportionate response

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posted on 26.08.2020, 08:24 by Chris KayChris Kay
The involvement of prisoners on license in the recent London Bridge and Streatham, London attacks have triggered a series of policies aiming to restrict community release. These aim to address not only the point at which prisoners in England and Wales are released, but also the level of engagement prisoners can have with the community before release. They have been introduced with little consultation of the available evidence and, seemingly, with little consideration of those who will be directly impacted as a result of their implementation. This commentary considers how announced changes in policy relating to the use of Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) with prisoners, represent a response which is not only disproportionate to the scale of the problem but may also negatively impact upon prisoner rehabilitation. It draws upon evidence surrounding the impact of early release and evidence surrounding the practices which work to promote desistance from crime to highlight the flaws in these new policies, but also the importance of maintaining community engagement in the rehabilitation of people with convictions.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Critical Social Policy

Volume

41

Issue

2

Pages

315-325

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Acceptance date

29/07/2020

Publication date

2020-09-19

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0261-0183

eISSN

1461-703X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Chris Kay. Deposit date: 25 August 2020