Official Statistics: Justice Data Lab statistics: October 2017

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Key findings this quarter

One request is being published this quarter. The request is for The St Giles Trust Peer Advisor Programme, a mentoring intervention that trains offenders and non-offenders as advisors, teaching them to assist their peers in accessing support services that will help those peers to address their own needs. It aims to increase support to offenders and to give qualifications and mentoring experience to advisors as a route into employment.

The results show that participants who reoffended did so later than non-participants. More participants would need to be available for analysis in order to determine the way in which the programme affects the rate and frequency of reoffending, but this should not be taken to mean that the programme fails to affect it.

Following the JDL response to a peer review of the established JDL methodology published in March 2016, the team have investigated a number of aspects of the methodology to identify potential enhancements. These investigations and findings have been summarised for publication. The exercise has been beneficial to establish that the existing methodology is robust and fit for purpose, with no substantial changes required.

The bulletin is produced and handled by the Ministry’s analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons: Ministry of Justice Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State – Minister for Prisons and Probation, Permanent Secretary, Director General of Prisons, Offender and Youth Justice Policy, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Communication and Information, 9 Policy and Analytical Advisers for reducing re-offending and rehabilitation policy, 2 special advisor, 3 press officers, and 5 private secretaries.

The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

For further information about the Justice Data Lab, please refer to the guidance

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