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Criminal Justice Transformation

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Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, in partnership with the Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board, are applying learning from behavioural science to put forward practical solutions to transform criminal justice services locally.

The Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board, who have led the way nationally on approaches to offender management and victim care, decided the approach would bring a fresh perspective to long-standing challenges in the local criminal justice service.

As part of the programme, four areas of work in the local criminal justice service will be improved: custody and decision-making, police file quality, court listings and hearings, and victims and witness support.

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PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "For victims of crime, the journey through the criminal justice service can be confusing, complex and daunting. Together, the police and our wider partners have recognised that fundamental changes are needed within the criminal justice service. We are working hard to improve the victim experience, strengthen our wider partnership working and create savings that can be reinvested in supporting complex cases and vulnerable victims and offenders in Avon and Somerset."

Following completion, the programme will deliver proposed changes in Avon and Somerset as well as help shape national policy and support other PCC's drive similar change in the criminal justice service in their area.

Why is it important to transform the criminal justice service?

Improving the experience of victims and streamlining their journey through the criminal justice service in Avon and Somerset is the motivation behind this programme. We need to be working more closely together, exploiting technological advancements that help victims whose cases come to court and maximising efficiencies through a truly joined-up service.

By empowering each agency to have a better decision-making process, high quality case files and work better together, it is hoped that cases can be prepared, heard and listed within a reasonable timescale from the date of offence more swiftly than they currently are. 

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