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Cornwall's Repeat Offenders Revealed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 15th May 2012

More and more offenders in Cornwall are going on to commit more crimes.

Pirate FM has learnt last year, 232 out of 2688 re-offended.

That is almost 10%

A new scheme is being launched to try to tackle the problem.

The TurnAround Integrated Offender Management scheme will work from six hub sites across Cornwall and Devon, including St Austell and Redruth.

It will focus on offenders who have repeated short-term sentences of less than 12 months.

According to latest figures for the Ministry of Justice, around 36% of adults released from prison, or starting a court order under probation supervision, reoffend within one year. Reoffending by those who have served less than 12 months in prison is even higher, at almost 60% within a year.

Rob Menary is Chief Executive of Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust:

"To break the cycle of reoffending with this very difficult group of persistent offenders, the practice and services used by all of the agencies involved in TurnAround will be based on sound evidence that it stops offending, protects the public and supports victims.
 
"It will involve a high degree of sharing and collaboration, breaking down the organisational silos and adopting a holistic approach to managing the offender.
 
"There are numerous examples, from other sectors, of the benefits of interagency collaboration resulting in a high degree of innovation, reduced costs, and improved outcomes. In the field of criminal justice the level of collaboration that we are anticipating in TurnAround is not common and it will be critical that we continue to evaluate, learn and adapt our experience to achieve successful outcomes for the communities of Devon and Cornwall".

Assistant Chief Officer and Joint Integrated Offender Management Lead, Ian Ansell, says, "The TurnAround IOM Team is dedicated to finding ways to stop prolific offenders from continuing to commit crime.
 
"Ideally this will mean offenders choose to accept the support they’re offered which will help them to find a lifestyle away from crime. Where offenders continue to commit crime, swift enforcement action will be taken to protect the community".

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