Beating Reoffending examines the crisis of reoffending which was occurring at the time of the report being written. Identifying 67% of those leaving prison as being re-convicted within two years, the report called for a significant shift in policy, to manage this problem.
It partly blamed this on a process by which the third sector was being squeezed out of the provision of rehabilitation services. For a variety of reasons, including their ability to innovate and focus on prevention, charities are well suited to the effective provision of rehabilitation services.
In order for the third sector to demonstrate these abilities, the report called for structural change, coming from the Government. This required government to:
- Be clear about the opportunities which will be available to the third sector to work alongside probation and other partners,
- Ensure a strategic approach to commissioning that specifies outcomes from service delivery, not inputs,
- Support innovation and flexibility by streamlining contracting and reporting arrangements,
- Ensure that existing government initiatives work together more effectively on the ground,
- Create a level playing field between providers with effective mechanisms for sub-contracting, and
- Provide long-term contracts which guarantee full cost recovery, share risk fairly and do not involve over burdensome reporting and regulation.
To read the full report, see here.