The Deputy Governor of Bristol Prison has joined the area’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens to support the work of the Reducing Reoffending Board in breaking the cycle of crime and re-offending within Avon and Somerset.
Last year Sue Mountstevens said that one of her focuses for her new term would be to ‘stop the revolving door of persistent offending’ with people continually coming in and out of prison.
Since then a Reducing Reoffending Board has been set up and partners including Bristol and Eastwood Park Prisons, Probation, Ministry of Justice, local authorities, police, health partners including Public Health, Department of Work and Pensions England and representatives of the charitable and voluntary sector. A Memorandum of Understanding between the PCC and the Ministry of Justice has also been signed to help drive locally designed solutions to address prolific offenders
Now Zoe Short, Deputy Governor of Bristol Prison is being seconded to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to lead this work. Ms Short will be seconded until September 2019 and her role is jointly funded between Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and Golden Key.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Breaking the cycle of crime and reoffending is possibly one of the hardest jobs we have. Offending and persistent repeat offending is a complex issue where a lot of factors outside the control of the criminal justice services such as employment, housing and addiction have a huge impact on the outcomes of individuals. Ultimately when there is less offending there will be fewer victims and that’s important for our whole community.
“I am determined to work together to provide the right intervention at the right time. I am delighted that Zoe, with her knowledge of the prison landscape will be able to lead this area of work. With Zoe on board we can work with all our partners to start to make a real difference.”
Ms Short added: “This is an exciting time to be joining such a critical project. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with so many committed partner agencies towards a shared goal of reducing the number of victims by reducing the levels at which people reoffend in Avon and Somerset. It’s a complex and challenging problem which will require innovative and collaborative solutions.”
Posted on Wednesday 24th October 2018