Writing is on the wall for offenders
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Writing is on the wall for offenders thanks to cell graffiti

An open letter by a former serial offender has been used in the hope of deterring others from a life of crime.

West Midlands Police has transcribed the supportive message on to cell walls in Solihull as part of a behavioural science experiment.

The force has been working with psychologists on trials aimed at "nudging" people away from reoffending.

"Nudging" is the idea that small interventions can significantly alter decision-making.

  • 15 Sep 2016
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