Justice Sector Datalab

Research and evaluation collection

266 Results

Justice Sector Seriousness Score (2016 update): FAQs

Year: 2017

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Charles Sullivan, Ong Su-Wuen, Rory McRae

Details: https://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/2016-FAQs-Seriousness-Scores2.pdf

Seriousness scores are a way of quantifying the relative seriousness of offences based on the sentences imposed for each offence. Users need to be aware that sentences are an imperfect proxy for seriousness because they take into account factors other than seriousness of the offence under consideration (eg, previous criminal history of the offender).
Uses for seriousness scores across the justice sector include:

-Helping to determine the ‘most serious offence’ for an offender or case
-Department of Corrections risk of reimprisonment tool RoC*RoI
-Monitoring effectiveness of interventions (eg, to check whether seriousness of youth re-offending reduces after interventions).

Investment brief: Restorative Justice

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Ministry of Justice

Investment briefs summarise the evidence about how well the investment reduces crime, how much is spent on it, and whether there is scope to increase the level of investment. This brief shows that: there is strong evidence that restorative justice (RJ) is effective at reducing crime; the international evidence shows that RJ also provides benefits for some victims.

Investment brief: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Ministry of Justice

Investment briefs summarise the evidence about how well the investment reduces crime, how much is spent on it, and whether there is scope to increase the level of investment. This brief shows that: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the cornerstone of modern approaches to rehabilitate offenders; there is strong evidence that CBT is effective in reducing crime; in a different context, there is also strong evidence that CBT is effective at treating a wide range of mental health conditions.

Investment brief: Correctional Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Ministry of Justice

Investment briefs summarise the evidence about how well the investment reduces crime, how much is spent on it, and whether there is scope to increase the level of investment. This brief shows that: there is strong evidence that Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment is effective in reducing crime; AOD treatment is most effective for offenders at high risk of reoffending; both psychological treatment and treatment using pharmaceuticals can be effective.

Family justice system: Evaluation of Family Dispute Resolution service and mandatory self-representation

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Ministry of Justice

In March 2014 changes were made to how the family justice system (FJS) works. This report presents findings from an evaluation of the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) service and mandatory self-representation one year after their implementation and includes information on improvements suggested by evaluation participants.

Police policy for external researchers' access to resources, data or privileged information

Year: 2016

Agency: NZ Police

Author: NZ Police

The Policy for providing access to Police’s data, resources or privileged information, includes relevant legislation and protocols, the principles governing this access, and the requirement for external researchers to enter into a Police Research Agreement.

Comorbid substance use disorders and mental health disorders among New Zealand prisoners

Year: 2016

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders among New Zealand prisoners.

Women's Experiences of Re-offending and Rehabilitation

Year: 2016

Agency: Corrections

This research focusses on the narratives of a group of women in new Zealand who had served sentences managed by the Department of Corrections, had received some form of rehabilitation, but nevertheless had re-offended. It sought to understand what women thought were important factors driving their re-offending, and how approaches to rehabilitative assistance could be improved to support desistance from crime.

Public Perceptions of Crime and the Criminal Justice System Survey 2016

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Colmar Brunton

Details: https://justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/20161130-Final-PPS-report.pdf

This online survey took place in June-July 2016. 79% of respondents had interacted with the criminal justice system in the past two years. 405 of these said their overall experience was 'very positive' or 'quite positive'.

The survey includes public perceptions of local and national crime, causes of crime, and the criminal justice system.

Final Process Evaluation for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua

Year: 2016

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Litmus Limited

The Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODT Court) is a specialist court that is intended to: reduce reoffending, AOD consumption and dependency, the use of imprisonment; positively impact on health and wellbeing; be cost-effective. The AODT Court began operating in November 2012.

The Ministry of Justice commissioned a formative evaluation, and interim and final process evaluations, to assess and inform the implementation of the AODT Court. This document reports on the findings from the final process evaluation, which assessed the actual operation of the AODT Court and its evolution against the intended design to inform the interpretation of programme outcomes.