In order to prevent crime and stop people who have offended from committing further crimes, partners need to work together to implement effective measures to ensure adults and young people who offend are challenged and supported to desist from crime.
Prevention and early intervention initiatives can have an impact on diverting individuals away from offending in the first place. Targeted and desistance-based interventions are also required to rehabilitate individuals effectively and reduce re offending. The Criminal Justice System needs to be effective in turning lives around and stopping people re offending through support rather than punishment.
This will help reduce crime, reduce the number of victims and make our communities safer.
The Local Criminal Justice Partnership is committed to delivering an end-to-end system for rehabilitating offenders and reducing re offending, ensuring that the Police, Youth Offending Services, Crown Prosecution Service, Courts, Community Rehabilitation Company, National Probation Service and Prisons, work together with those partners responsible for supporting victims and providing the services which help to prevent people offending, including Public Health, Housing, Employment and Mental Health services so that people can get access to the support that they need.
Repairing the Harm
Launch of a new film - Repairing the harm. Using restorative approaches with offenders and victims in County Durham.
A transcript of the film can be downloaded below.
A Restorative Approach brings people harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm together, enabling everyone affected by the incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
The film is a case study of one restorative justice meeting between offender and victim.