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Developing a voluntary sector model for engaging offenders

Wong, KKS and Kinsella, Rachel and Meadows, Linda (2018) Developing a voluntary sector model for engaging offenders. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. ISSN 2059-1098

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Abstract

This article proposes the development of a distinct offender engagement model for voluntary and community sector agencies, recognising the contribution of: reciprocity, reliability, consistency, and emotional pleasure, to effective offender engagement. Drawing on empirical data from users of a voluntary sector programme in England for young adults, this article makes an original contribution to the evidence base by: identifying the key elements (within the programme) of effective engagement with offenders; seeing how this relates to the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) engaging practitioner model and companion literature review and considers the implications for voluntary sector criminal justice policy and practice.

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