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Consultation launched on new incentives framework for prison rehabilitation

04/09/2018
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The Ministry of Justice has announced the launch of a consultation from September 3rd - 30th on the new Earned Incentives and Privileges policy. This framework would allow prison governors to design a programme of incentives that is tailored to the specific challenges of each prison, as many consider the current incentives system to not be as effective as it could be due to lack of flexibility.

 

“Those who behave well and engage in meaningful activities such as education and employment programmes could receive privileges such as more time in the gym or additional visits.” – Ministry of Justice

 

Research in the field of applied behaviour analysis shows that positive reinforcement – adding a positive consequence to one’s actions – is much more effective at shaping behaviour than punishment which removes something as a consequence. This ties into token economy programmes, which are systems of contingency management that reinforce targeted behaviour (such as good behaviour and programme engagement) with positive reinforcers (such as incentives and privileges).

Within this new framework, governors would be able to offer the most effective positive reinforcers for their prisons and also be able to remove prisoners’ privileges due to poor behaviour or refusal to engage in the programmes.

 

“Prisons must be places of safety, decency and purposeful activity to turn around the lives of those in custody.

This new framework will give governors the tools to set clear behavioural standards for offenders under their watch, and the consequences should these not be met.” – Prisons Minister Rory Stewart

 

The new system will have 3 privilege levels: basic, standard and enhanced. The previous system also had an ‘entry level’ but this will be removed as it penalises prisoners who are new which had been setting up an adversarial relationship with staff from the beginning of their sentences.

 

 

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  • Sofija Anužes billede
    Prison... it is just the name of the place. Some people got into it by some stupid mistakes, or by someone's mistake. The educational process is widely popular in such places. I would even say, that the most effective is a self-educational stage. And now with the support of authorities, it will give another chance for prisoners to get know;and maybe even to change the life. In my opinion, It is one of the most powerful tools to improve modern society, but there is a huge BUT. If the person knows he can get a free education in prison would it be another way for people to get there as education is very expensive? The whole programme should be reconsidered and controlled by the authorities in terms of expenses and the real purpose.