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After a Guilty Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform the Penal System



3.1 Cognitive Skills Programmes


·         Before a criminal act can occur, it must be preceded by a criminal thought.  Therefore, changing the way offenders think can prevent re-offending. 

·         This idea is the rationale behind cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), in other words if you change the way a person thinks you will change the way they act. 


Key Study: Cann, Impact of Cognitive Skills Programmes in Reducing Re-Conviction

Aims –


To find out if cognitive skills programmes were effective in terms of lowering conviction rates for a sample of women prisoners.


Sample –


·         180


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