How are prison-based drama programmes developed in order to reduce levels of re-offending?
This study explores how and why applied drama is used in prisons. In particular, the aims of the research look to evaluate how effective the interventional drama process is in deterring re-offending. This is done through a comparative research methodology underpinned by an interpretivist epistemological approach. This research takes into account how research and practice are both essential components in developing an understanding of the intricate reasons for offending, and how the topic should be approached. An analysis and discussion of a range of drama approaches already completed in the applied drama in prisons field will be essential in order to draw conclusions about how effective this approach currently is. Finally, this study will suggest wider policy changes within the criminal justice system that will allow for a more long-term solution for reducing re-offending.