The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year. Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh will take part in the annual lecture series, discussing and debating different topics regarding policing and crime. Find out more here.
Can we break the cycle of crime and punishment?
19 April 2017
Crime levels are currently falling, but more and more crime is being committed by the same people. These repeat offenders frequently share common characteristics, including mental health issues, substance misuse, previous victimisation and homelessness. As almost half of all adults leaving prison are reconvicted within a year, the same criminals are endlessly recycled through the courts, prison and community sentences, creating new victims of crime and extra costs to society.
Is the system broken and can we move away from this ‘break and fix’ model?
In this first annual Avon and Somerset PCC and Chief Constable lecture and debate, PCC Sue Mountstevens will explore punishing offenders, protecting the public, reducing reoffending and creating more effective collaboration to ensure that all agencies are working together to address better these issues. Chief Constable Andy Marsh will 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. They will also be joined by re-nowned poet Mr Gee.