Why is breaking the cycle of crime so essential?
The annual cost of reoffending in the UK is estimated at £7-10 billion. However the economic cost alone of reoffending does not take into account the adverse impact on victims, the public and communities. There are currently over 83,000 people in prison across the UK, and more than half will offend again when they come out.
In Avon and Somerset, we commissioned a report from the Behavioural Insights Team to understand how we can better break the cycle of repeated recall to custody into HMP Bristol. They found that 1 in 5 offenders who are recalled to custody go on to be recalled again before they have completed their sentence. A small number of offenders (188 of a total of 13,595 over a two and a half year period) are repeatedly recalled to custody, accounting for 60% of all returns to custody into the prison. Offenders who have been recalled more than once have higher and more complex needs, with 73% of those recalled having five or more criminogenic needs.
Reducing Reoffending strategy
In Avon and Somerset, we have recently published a Reducing Reoffending Strategy, which sets out how criminal justice agencies and other partners will work together in the short and long term to reduce reoffending and develop a partnership approach to early intervention. PCC Sue Mountstevens is committed to working together bringing together local partners to prevent and reduce reoffending, through responsibility for the totality of policing in the local area and the role in local partnership working in relation to criminal justice, community safety and beyond. The Reducing Reoffending programme will oversee delivery of the Strategy locally, as well as to link the local work in with the national agenda.
"My vision for the Avon and Somerset Reducing Reoffending programme is to build on the strong commitment amongst all partners to preventing offending and driving down offending and reoffending rates to deliver safer communities for the people of Avon and Somerset", PCC Sue Mountstevens.
Reducing Reoffending Executive Board
Reducing Reoffending Vision Statement