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PCC lecture discusses 'breaking the cycle of crime and punishment'


(L-R) Professor O'Regan, Andy Marsh, Sue Mounstevens, Law Student Sophie, Phil Rumney, Steve West OBE

More than 100 people attended a lecture at the University of the West of England (UWE) presented by Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh in Bristol this week.

The audience at the PCC lecture heard how working together is key to ‘breaking the cycle of crime and punishment’ and how the Constabulary are using predictive analytics to better understand crime and demand.

The UWE lecture held at the new state-of-the-art Business School was hosted by the Law Department on Monday, October 16 and closed by the Vice Chancellor Steve West, OBE.

Sue Mountstevens said: “One of my focuses this term is tackle the revolving door of offending and prison. It is not right that nearly half of all those people who go to prison come back out and offend. It’s also not right that our prisons are full to capacity and our prison population is continually growing.

“I have set up a new Avon and Somerset wide Reducing Reoffending Board with the aim of strengthening the oversight and partnership working on the transforming rehabilitation agenda. This is not about being soft on criminals. This is about being fairer, smarter and more effective. I believe that it’s important for people to have a second chance and the opportunity to take a difference path. If we don’t prioritise ways that we can rehabilitate people who have offended we will never break the cycle of crime.

“I was pleased to share my views and work in this area with our audience.”

You can listen to a podcast of the lecture here. You can view the photos from the evening on the UWE Flickr gallery.

The audience, including students, local business owners, not-for-profit organisations and residents, also had the chance to ask questions and topics discussed ranged from tougher sentences and offender employment schemes.

This was the Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh’s second University lecture after a successful event at the University of Bristol earlier this year which featured renowned poet Mr Gee and his work bringing poetry to prison.

Posted on Thursday 19th October 2017
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