the crime reduction charity, welcomes the Government’s publication today of a
new Victims’ Code which places victims centre stage within the criminal justice
system, but claims they are not enough in themselves to tackle reoffending as
criminals are ‘wired differently’.
to the announcement on Sky News this morning, and accepting that the
announcement represents an important moment for crime victims, Graham Beech,
Nacro’s Strategic Development Director, explained that although the measures
are a useful tool in terms of heightening victim awareness on the part of
offenders, whether they will work in reducing reoffending remains to be seen.
particularly persistent offenders, often fail to take responsibility for their
actions and that’s why they continue to reoffend – they are wired differently
from the rest of us.
is important to get offenders to take responsibility for their crime and to pay
back the victims and the local community but this work is a long process which
needs to take place throughout the sentence and on release into the community –
it cannot just happen in court.
justice approaches are almost universally popular with victims and do work with
some offenders. But for the majority, to get them to stop offending you have to
do more and this involves getting them to think differently, to be more
productive in the community and to pay back.
with employment, education, accommodation, debt, drug and alcohol issues are
all part of this process. If you do all of these things then you have the
chance to change mind sets and help victims by reducing crime.”