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An evaluation of The Going Straight Contract


Through Dr Hudson’s work with South West Integration (SWing) she became responsible for the evaluation of the national pilot of the Going Straight Contract (GSC), first mentioned in the Social Exclusion Unit’s report – Reducing Re-Offending by Ex-prisoners (2002:7), which aims to test an ‘end to end’ resettlement approach that involves both an offender manager and a prisoner who ‘buys in’ or engages as an ‘active collaborator’ in the delivery of their own rehabilitation programme.

Aims of Project

The research evaluated the progress of a Going Straight contract in meeting the key objectives outlined by the SEU. The specific objectives of the research were to:

  • To conduct and organisational/ ‘process’ evaluation of the Going Straight contract, and any associated case management systems, identifying both effective and ineffective practice and any obstacles to successful implementation. Particular attention will be paid to inter-agency and ‘through the gate’ arrangements.
  • To help develop effective monitoring and recording systems and the production of systematic information about all prisoners who sign up to a Going Straight contract.

The project was piloted in HMP & YOI Guys Marsh.




2 Years

Additional Information

The final report is available to download