Understanding Recall 2011

55 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013

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Nicola Padfield

University of Cambridge - Institute of Criminology; University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Padfield, Nicola, Understanding Recall 2011 (January 2013). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2201039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2201039

Nicola Padfield (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Institute of Criminology ( email )

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University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

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