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Reoffenders: Essex

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent steps Essex Probation Trust (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in each of the next two years to reduce reoffending in (i) Southend-on-Sea and (ii) Essex; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Essex Probation continues to deliver a full range of services to reduce risk of reoffending by those under supervision. These include integrated offender management (IOM), through co-located police/probation teams in each of the trust's six local delivery units. IOM brings an intensive multi-agency approach to reducing the likelihood of reoffending among those with whom the risk is greatest.

On 9 May, the Ministry of Justice published “Transforming Rehabilitation: A Strategy for Reform”, which sets out how we will reform the rehabilitation of offenders in the community in order to drive down reoffending. As part of these reforms, we are going to create a new national public sector probation service.

The National Probation Service will work alongside new contracted rehabilitation providers and the skills and expertise of probation professionals will be utilised across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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