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Almost half of adult offenders re-offend within one year of leaving custody, and that figure rises to three quarters for those leaving youth custody. The government has just released Swift and Sure Justice: The Government’s Plans for Reform of the Criminal Justice System White Paper (published July 2012), which details reform to deliver more effective punishments to speed up the course of justice, protect the public, and reduce re-offending.
Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services and Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences closed for consultation in June 2012, and a government response is expected shortly. These consultation papers detailed government plans to tackle reoffending by reforming probation and making community services more credible. Offender management services for low-risk offenders will be opened up to competition to make use of expertise in the voluntary and private sectors.
Alongside this, Police and Crime Commissioners will begin to be elected from November 2012 and will replace the existing policy authority framework. Payment by results for the criminal justice sector is being introduced, and the Ministry of Justice is currently piloting this approach in select prisons. The coalition government aims to apply the principles of payment by results to all providers by 2015, and will be piloting payment by results in managing offenders in the community from early 2013.
This forum will allow delegates to understand upcoming policy changes affecting criminal justice and offender management, how these changes will affect their working practices and how to prepare for them. Alongside this, attendees will share best practice strategies for reducing re-offending and securing the best outcomes for offenders.
Delegates will include community safety managers, youth justice officers, heads of criminal justice boards, restorative justice coordinators, community partnerships managers, neighbourhood coordinators, probation officers, heads of crime and reduction partnerships, restorative justice coordinators, resettlements officers, heads of reducing re-offending, heads of offender health, parol officers, and will be drawn from central government, local government, police authorities, community safety partnerships, DATs, criminal justice intervention teams, health authorities, local criminal justice boards, education, academia and the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises.