Researching user involvement in the criminal justice system

Giving offenders, ex-offenders and their families the chance to influence services and policies that affect them is at the heart of a new criminal justice system initiative.

A new task force examining these issues is being facilitated by CLINKS. Specialists in supporting the offender rehabilitation work of the voluntary sector, CLINKS recently chose QA to conduct qualitative research designed to inform the future development of this initiative.

The purpose of the research is to investigate how offenders, ex-offenders and their families can take a more proactive role in the sentence planning and resettlement process.

Discussion groups will explore ways to promote more involvement in sentence planning and resettlement activities; assess any benefits and barriers to greater involvement; evaluate whether this initiative will contribute to a reduction in the likelihood and scale of re-offending; and establish whether greater family involvement might reduce re-offending rates.

Recommendations for the future development of the initiative will be included in the final report.

For more information on our hard to reach research services contact Angela Browne on 01904 632039 or e-mail