Probation is a responsible authority on local Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) together with local authority, police, police authorities, fire and rescue, health. CSPs are required to formulate and implement a strategy to reduce re-offending by adult and young offenders.
There has been a decrease in re-offending rates for those offenders subject to Probation supervision in England and Wales since they started being measured in 2007. Latest results show a reduction in reoffending of 2.5% for offenders on court orders.
Although crime rates are falling, the prison population is growing. A recent National Audit Office report estimated that reoffending by ex-prisoners cost the economy £9.5 to £13 billion per year, of which £7 to £10 billion a year can be attributed to former short-term prisoners.
These figures do not take account of the long lasting damage their re-offending can have on individual lives, families and local communities. The report documents negative influences on the lives of offenders, families and communities including: homelessness, unemployment, mental and physical health problems and financial problems. We know by tackling these issues we can reduce the risk of re-offending. A significant proportion of public funding spent on offenders comes from services other than prison and Probation. The contributory factors behind recidivism need to be tackled together. Read more about the challenges prisoners face when released from prison and what happens if the do reoffend: Lifer Recalls Briefing March 2010
The PCA is committed to Reducing reoffending and the rehabilitation of offenders to understand our position on this further please read PCA Position Statement Offender Rehabilitation.
Redusing reoffending needs to be implemented carfeully by trained professionals who understand how to take reoffending policy to practice.
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