What Works to Reduce Reoffending? How the Latest Academic Research is Being Implemented by Probation Staff in London, UK.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This session will explore the latest research from criminologists in the U.K. in relation to how service users desist from crime and how the London Community Rehabilitation Company is embedding this research into practice. The presenters will explore what we know is central to desistance: a positive shift in an individual’s identity from pro-offending to pro-social. Included will be a short overview of the probation system in the U.K. and an explanation of what ‘identity shift’ means in theory, but the primary focus will be on sharing what this has meant for practitioners and managers in practice and exploring how this identity shift approach positively relates to traditional probation practice, including risk, need and responsivity. The workshop will be an opportunity to share learning and ideas that can enhance the quality of community supervision in both the UK and the U.S.


Ms. Linda Neimantas
Deputy Director Operations, MTC UK

As Deputy Director of London CRC, Linda is responsible for the delivery of probation services to 30,000 offenders across London. She has 20 years’ experience, working public protection, prolific offending, extremism and substance misuse. In her current role she has overseen the implementation of a new strengths based assessment system as well as driving the link between research and reducing reoffending. Linda is passionate about delivering quality practice across probation. Whilst working for the Ministry of Justice she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Skills for Effective Engagement, Development and Supervision (SEEDS) model which drove improvements in practice nationally.