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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A Norfolk crime chief set out a vision for the future of the rehabilitation of offenders which it is hoped will cut crime and “stop the revolving door” of offending.
Stephen Bett, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has made the rehabilitation of offenders one of his key priorities and yesterday more than 200 people from businesses and organisations from across the county heard from his deputy about the importance of effective rehabilitation.
Speaking at a conference in Norwich organised by Norfolk Alliance for the Rehabilitation and Resettlement of Offenders (N-ARRO), Jenny McKibben said: “If we are going to prevent re-offending and stop the revolving door in which agencies see the same people time and time again, we need to address some of the big issues like mental health, alcohol, homelessness and unemployment, that drive their offending.
“We need to get in earlier and we need to get all agencies and voluntary groups working in a more co-ordinated way. With the budget cuts we are all facing, we can’t afford not to tackle this.
“This happens already for our most prolific acquisitive crime offenders, through the successful 180 scheme. We want to see a similar multi-agency join-up for other types of offenders and for lower risk offenders.
“There is a fantastic range of voluntary and community groups in Norfolk working with offenders. We need to get co-ordinated so that all offenders are helped to stay out of crime, and all prisoners leaving prison in Norfolk have co-ordinated support to help them stay on the straight and narrow.”
N-ARRO, which was launched formally at the conference in Norwich yesterday, used to be the Norfolk Offender Accommodation Forum (NOAF) but, following cuts in funding which have reduced resources, has been rebranded and relaunched to make sure it is “fit for purpose” in the current economic climate. Mrs McKibben added: “The new N-ARRO forum is a great first step. We’re aiming to establish with partners a new county strategic board for rehabilitation, with an action plan to drive change.
“We’re also establishing a county rehabilitation website that can link everyone working in the field.”