The mission of Revolving Doors Agency is to demonstrate and share evidence of effective ways to reform our public services, transforming the lives of individuals currently failed by the system. We do this through partnerships with national and local government, policymakers, commissioners and academic researchers.
While the Revolving Doors Agency does not provide services directly, our fresh thinking is helping other organisations to make life-changing differences.
We will achieve this by continuing to push the boundaries of debate about the reform of public services
Using our robust evidence base we’ll press for solutions that help those working in the health & justice systems to better understand and provide for the complex needs of people trapped in the revolving door.
Those who have suffered the cycle themselves, our Experts by Experience, will be ever more closely involved in everything we do. The perspectives and insights they provide are essential to all aspects of our work by keeping it fresh, practical and relevant.
Our organisation will also remain consciously independent, driven by our curiosity and led by evidence, not restrained by any vested interest or particular service model.
By continuing to demonstrate and share evidence of new, effective interventions with government, policy makers, service commissioners and academic bodies we will make our vision a reality – transforming thousands of lives along the way.
Read our strategic plan
Revolving Doors ambition for 2020 to 2024.
This strategy paper sets out our ambition for 2020-2024: a smarter criminal justice system that makes the ‘revolving door’ of crisis and crime avoidable and escapable.
Over the last decade, the fastest growing group of offenders has been those convicted of 15 or more previous offences. They are now the largest proportion of offenders, accounting for more crime and more victims than any other group. Reoffending costs England and Wales over £18 billion per year and now accounts for three-quarters of all proven offences.
We know that behind these statistics is misery. Not only in the significant hurt caused to victims and their families or the damage to communities, but in the lives of most prolific offenders. The cycle of crisis and crime is caused by hurt and lived in pain.
Last year we found that the childhoods of those in the revolving door had a typical pattern. We saw exceptional levels of abuse, neglect and household disruption, profound levels of poverty, and extreme levels of community violence. And we see the consequences of these childhoods in our prisoner population.
We know that being trapped in the revolving door is not inevitable. It is possible, for individuals and for society, to be free of the cycle of crisis and crime. This is our vision, and this is what we strive for.