Commissioner's recommendations to reduce re-offending

By a County Press reporter

Monday, June 2, 2014


MAJOR concerns about government plans to reduce re-offending have been by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner, who has put forward recommendations for a fresh approach.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, raised concerns in connection with the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

He said: "I have previously expressed major concerns about the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda because of the indecent haste with which it was introduced and the risk posed by introducing profit into the criminal justice system.

"The reality is that from June 1 national changes to probation will come into force and I am determined to use my role as Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to work with colleagues in the criminal justice system to ensure that, together, we continue to protect people and places at a time of such significant change."

His recommendations followed a conference on March, jointly hosted by the Commissioner and the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Younger.

They include:

• Local Police and Crime Commissioners should be empowered to hold the local community rehabilitating company to account for delivery against the commissioner’s reducing re-offending objectives, where they exist.

• The Government should evaluate the spend on custodial sentencing and promote more innovative approaches to reducing re-offending.

• Government should form an independent cross party commission to implement and monitor the changes and alleviate concerns about political cycles and rapid changes in direction of justice policy.

• Government should reform sentencing guidelines and introduce the ability for the court system to dispense and monitor community justice resolutions.

• Government should encourage intensive and whole family intervention to commence at custody.

• The Government should engage more proactively to support ex-offenders and their family.


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by david wright

6th June 2014, at 17:49:11

Make prison a blinding beacon of evil then you have a reason not to commit crime. Thats all you need to do.
But sorry no you cant do that it might infringe on a CRIMINALS human rights I forgot.

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by Valerie Ching

3rd June 2014, at 12:10:32

Not sure the meaning of government encouraging intensive and while family intervention. Does this mean that if your parent or sibling is jailed and you are aged 18 say, that your privacy and private life as an adult can be breached by the authorities intervention, when you have done nothing unlawful and you have no control over the actions of close family members???

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by sue allen

2nd June 2014, at 21:58:25

The world has officially gone mad. Why should the government engage more proactively to support ex offenders and their families? they deserve nothing. Simply make prison somewhere no-one wants to go. So easy but no government dare suggest hard labor as human rights do gooders would be up in arms.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd June 2014, at 17:00:13

Make prison a deterrent.

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by John Lovell

2nd June 2014, at 16:57:59

Thanks Don, either would have done.

I wonder if CP need a proof reader.

No, sorry, they DO need a proof reader.

As for Kent. Don't even go there. Beggars belief.

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by Don Prescott

2nd June 2014, at 15:00:33

@ JL,

Could be worse.
Could be living in Kent!

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by John Lovell

2nd June 2014, at 12:24:04

Re your first paragraph, "have been" .
What have they been?

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