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Reimagine Prisons: Turning time inside to time well spent

Turning time inside to time well spent

Could a customisable programme of purposeful activities incentivise positive behaviour amongst prisoners?

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Nicholas Fox

Partner, Head of Government (Justice)

KPMG in the UK

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In most prison environments, benefits are removed from prisoners in response to poor behaviour, instead of rewarded to them on the basis on good behaviour. How can we reimagine the system to value and incentivise good behaviour?

The latest whitepaper from our Reimagine series – Reimagine Prisons:

  • Takes existing evidence that shows how flipping the way in which rewards are organised can lead to better outcomes.
  • Builds on this to propose a new system that would help prisoners to reduce the risk of reoffending upon their release.
  • Proposes a path to model citizenship by creating a customisable programme of purposeful activities that could be tailored to prisoners’ interests and talents. Prisoners are incentivised by rewards that can help them readjust to life outside, as well as through more immediate benefits such as additional social time. 

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