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.