Offenders face a number of challenges when being released from prison, making it difficult for them to successfully reintegrate into society. There is very promising New Zealand evidence that reintegration services reduce reoffending. There is robust local evidence that the reintegration services ‘Out of Gate’ and ‘Release and Work’ provided by the Department of Corrections can reduce crime. The effect of other reintegration services is yet to be evaluated in New Zealand. International evidence shows mixed effectiveness for reintegration services.
For ‘Out of Gate’ and ‘Release to Work’ for every 20 offenders receiving the service, 1 fewer will reoffend.