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The needs of ex-service personnel in the criminal justice system: Evidence from two surveys

June, 2014
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This analytical summary presents findings from the Offender Management Community Cohort Study (OMCCS) and the Resettlement Surveys (RS), to consider whether ex-service personnel with experience of the CJS have specific needs that differ from the general offending population, highlight areas of need and assess whether these needs are appropriately catered for.

Abstract

Currently, there is only limited evidence on the needs and experiences of ex-service personnel in the criminal justice system (CJS). This report presents findings from the analysis of data from the Offender Management Community Cohort Study (OMCCS) and the Resettlement Surveys (RS). It considers if ex-service personnel subject to Community Orders or in prison have specific needs that differ from the general offending population, to highlight key areas of need, and looks at whether these needs are appropriately catered for. The OMCCS surveyed offenders starting Community Orders between October 2009 and December 2010, while the RS surveyed prisoners just before their release in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Therefore the findings presented here may not reflect the position of ex-service personnel currently in the CJS.

Full Reference

Kelly, J., 2014. The needs of ex-service personnel in the criminal justice system: Evidence from two surveys. Analytical Summary. London: Ministry of Justice.

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