Offenders: Re-offending

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they estimate an assessment of an offender will take when the Risk of Serious Recidivism calculator is used.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether probation staff will be able to make requests for information to assist them in completing the extended version of the Risk of Serious Recidivism assessment.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the National Probation Service is expected to identify risk factors indicating that a case should not be allocated to a community rehabilitation company.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Public protection is at the heart of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The National Probation Service will be responsible for the direct management of those offenders who pose the highest risk of serious harm to the public and who have committed the most serious offences. Offenders who are deemed to pose a medium and low risk will be managed by a Community Rehabilitation Company. Every offender will be risk assessed prior to allocation to any probation provider and also upon leaving prison; this will be reviewed when there are indicators that their risk of serious harm to the public has increased to high.

The Risk of Serious Recidivism (RSR) predictor will be used both to aid case allocation and also to support the assessment of the risk of serious harm, both at point of sentence, and, in ongoing offender management. The length of time taken to make an assessment of the offender's risk of serious harm will depend on a variety of factors which probation staff will need to consider. As is the case now, probation staff will be able to seek information on previous convictions and current offence, and will have access to details about offenders previously subject to supervision as well as intelligence from the police, and any specialist reports requested by the Courts. Access to such information will be available when an offender is interviewed, where an extended version of the risk assessment tool will be used which records information collected from the offender during that interview.

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