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