Justice Sector Datalab

Research and evaluation collection

266 Results

Evaluation of the Kia Kaha Anti-Bullying Programme for Students in Years 5-8

Year: 2007

Agency: NZ Police

Author: Massey University

This report describes an evaluation of the Kia Kaha Anti-bullying programme for students in years 5 – 8. Kia Kaha is an Anti-bullying programme developed by the New Zealand Police and originally released in 1992. The programme utilises a whole-school approach to improve the culture of schools and reduce bullying.

The programme is delivered by teachers and Police Education Officers (PEOs) through classroom curricula and activities with the students.

Reconviction Patterns of Released Prisoners: A 36-months Follow-up Analysis

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

This report summarises patterns of reconviction amongst almost 5000 offenders who were released from prison over a twelve-month period in 2002/03. It reveals important differences in the post-release re-offending behaviour of different sub-groups of offenders. Offender characteristics such as age (at time of release), gender, ethnicity, offence type, length of the prison sentence, and risk level, are each examined with reference to reconviction.

Inmate Family Relocation Study

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Ministry of Justice

A study to establish whether family members of inmates have relocated to the prison region as a result of the imprisonment, and to determine whether those who move do so permanently or leave after the inmate is released.

Storm Warning

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

This report develops statistical models for predicting violent reconviction. Statistical models are necessary because:
♦ Departmental staff, psychologists and Districts Prison Boards make predictions about an offenders dangerousness when deciding about priority for intervention or release conditions for parole;
♦ research shows that human judgements are less accurate than those based on statistical scales; and
♦ overseas prediction devices have not been validated on New Zealand offenders.

When the Bough Breaks

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

The aim of this literature review was to determine which types of treatment are effective in reducing recidivism among young offenders. Young offenders are defined as that proportion of the New Zealand Department of Corrections offender population aged 17-20 years. The review focused on young offenders because they are widely acknowledged as being unresponsive to treatment.

The review included studies of treatment that had some effect on recidivism or had some other notable characteristic. Because there have been few well-controlled evaluations of treatment programmes for young offenders in New Zealand, most of the material refers to overseas programmes.

And there was light - Evaluating the Kia Marama Treatment Programme for NZ sex offenders against children

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

Kia Marama is the first New Zealand treatment programme for those imprisoned for sexual offences against children. It has run for seven years and its first graduates have lived for up to six years in the community. The time is right for evaluation of the programme’s results, and that is the aim of this report.
• The Kia Marama programme aims to prevent relapses by teaching offenders their offending is the result of linked steps of thought and behaviour. It offers skills and strategies to break these links, and opportunities for change right from initial assessment, through treatment, to post release.
• Two hundred and thirty eight men have been released from prison as graduates of Kia Marama’s first three years. A control group similar to the Kia Marama offenders was selected from all sex offenders against children convicted between 1983 and 1987. Comparison of these two groups enables us to assess the impact of the Kia Marama treatment programme.
• A more detailed version of this report may be requested from the authors at the Department of Corrections.

The Driving Offender Treatment Scale

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

The Driving Offender Treatment (DOT) scale was developed to assess change in beliefs and attitudes that support further traffic offending. Currently, lengthy interviews are used to obtain this information. A standardised scale would collect this information more consistently and in a shorter period of time.

Risk of Reconviction

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

Statistical models which predict four types of re-offending.

National Study of Psychiatric Morbidity in NZ Prisons

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice

An investigation into the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among New Zealand inmates.

Prison Youth Vulnerability Scale

Year: 2007

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

The Prison Youth Vulnerability Scale (PYVS) is a rating scale for the assessment of vulnerability in imprisoned male youth aged from 17 - 19 years. It was developed to determine which of the youth sentenced or remanded to prison required placement in specialist youth units.