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Revolving Doors to evaluate the potential of Intensive Supervision Courts

Yesterday (28th June), the Ministry of Justice launched the Intensive Supervision Court (ISC) pilots (previously referred to as Problem Solving Courts), which will combine judicial oversight with wraparound services tailored to individual needs for people who have committed low-level crimes due to unmet health and social needs.

The pilot includes two courts that will focus on people experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol located in Teesside and Liverpool, and a court which will work with women in contact with the criminal justice system in Birmingham.

Revolving Doors, in partnership with CFE and the academic Dr Ann Hanrahan, will be evaluating the Ministry of Justice’s ISC pilots. The pilots build on the problem-solving courts model that has the potential to offer a more rehabilitative approach and as such address the root causes of crime, as demonstrated by international evidence[1]. Countries like Australia, Canada, or the United States have already implemented these courts and seen encouraging results, particularly in terms of reducing reoffending.

This pilot will focus on groups who are particularly vulnerable to being caught in the ‘revolving door’ of crisis and crime.

[1] See Bowen, P. and Whitehead, S. (2019), Problem Solving Courts: An evidence review