Developing programmes for violent offenders

Kevin Howells, Bruce D. Watt, Guy Hall, Steven Baldwin

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Reviews issues arising in the development of intervention and rehabilitative programs for violent offenders. The scope of the paper is mainly restricted to programs within prison and correctional settings. Relevant literature relating to the development of programs for violent offenders is reviewed. It is argued that a number of preconditions exist for well-founded programs. These include an adequate theoretical basis, individual formulation, population needs analysis, breadth of approach, cultural relevance, systemic integration, targeting of programs, and evaluation of outcomes. Addressing these issues is likely to lead to improved effectiveness in violence prevention. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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