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PCC and Chief Constable explore breaking the cycle of crime and punishment

Sue on street outside Trinity - March 2017
Is the system broken? This is the question being discussed by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh in their first annual lecture on Wednesday, April 19.

Hosted by the Bristol Festival of Ideas, in the University of Bristol Will’s Memorial Building, attendees will also hear from renowned poet Mr Gee and Second Step’s Chief Executive Aileen Edwards, as they join the event as guest panellists.

Local people are being invited to attend to explore views on punishing offenders, protecting the public, reducing reoffending and creating more effective collaboration, ensuring all agencies are working together to address the issues.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Over 80,000 people are in prison in the UK and almost half of all prisoners re-offend within a year of leaving.  The purpose of every prison should be that each prisoner which is released is less likely to commit offences when they come out.  I believe we should be doing all we can to ensure that people do not go back to prison.

“I’m delighted to be speaking about this topic, which I am incredibly passionate about.  Being a magistrate for 15 years and working on the board of Bristol Prison, I’ve witnessed and heard many things that make me feel compelled to challenge, support and reform so that we can ultimately break the cycle of crime.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh will also discuss the Constabulary’s future of crime research work and how the use of ‘big data’ can help to identify patterns in the way criminals behave and to prevent the crime happening in the first place.

Sue continued: “I am also incredibly grateful to our guests Mr Gee, Aileen and Life Cycle Bristol who will also be making a special appearance.  Their support in this lecture is truly welcomed and it will make the event even more interesting for the audience.”

The event is free but booking is required and you can get your ticket here: www.ideasfestival.co.uk/events/can-break-cycle-crime-punishment/.  You will also be asked if you would like to submit any questions in advance of the session.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 19, between 6.30pm and 8pm in the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building.  Following the presentations, the panel will then discuss the questions that have been submitted by the audience.    

Posted on Thursday 13th April 2017
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