Understanding Recall 2011
55 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 2013
The primary aim of this small project was to increase understanding of the prisoner recall process. The two specific research questions were: 1) Are the reasons for recall clearly understood (both by prisoners and those who work in the criminal justice system)?; 2) What can be done to reduce the number of prisoners recalled to prison?
Forty-six prisoners (36 men and 10 women) were interviewed in two local prisons about their experience of being recalled to prison. These prisoners were serving a wide variety of sentences, from life (3), extended sentences (9), to less than 2 years (10). At the same time, a wider ‘snap-shot’ of recall was obtained by a review of 129 prisoners’ files, and context-setting interviews were held with a number of probation and NOMS staff.
Keywords: probation, offender management, criminal justice, penal system, penology, recall, offender recall, conditional release
JEL Classification: K10, K14, K42
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