Effectiveness of correctional treatment

Effectiveness of correctional treatment

A literature survey


This study surveys available literature to establish the proven or probable characteristics which penal interventions must meet for particular groups of offenders and/or offences in order to be effective. Can these characteristics be laid down in an assessment framework for effectiveness? Covering the full range of sanctions, for both minor and adult offenders, this report first addresses the study surveys (both meta-analyses and descriptive research surveys) with regard to the effectiveness of sanctions and criminal interventions. It then addresses the effectiveness of interventions with regard to specific offenders and /or offences, followed by a discussion of how this expertise is used in practice abroad. It deals with the cognitions-driven programme Reasoning and Rehabilitation, introduced in Canada and other countries on a large scale, and with the ways in which countries outside the Netherlands try to obtain and maintain a better insight into the effect and execution of interventions. This is followed by the conclusions, while it also looks at how the expertise gained can be used in the Netherlands.

Publication data

Beenakkers, E.M.Th.
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Onderzoeksnotities 2000/01
Ra 12.170