Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) community rehabilitation companies and (b) the Probation Service use algorithms in decisions on the allocation of resources to prevent re-offending.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Protecting the public from crime and the supervision of offenders will continue to remain the Ministry of Justice’s and Probation Service’s highest priority.

A “tiering” system is also used to inform case management decisions, drawing on data concerning the offence, the sentence and the assessed level of risk.

The Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) draw on a wide range of information in deciding how best to manage offenders’ risk of re-offending. The OASys offender assessment system, which is used by all offender managers in CRCs and the NPS, includes an algorithm to indicate the statistical risk of re-offending and this will inform the offender manager’s judgement as to how the offender should be managed. These tools are one element of a number of measures for assessing the risk of re-offending: offender managers make robust risk assessments based on their professional expertise.

The most complex cases, and those with the highest assessed risk of re-offending or causing harm, will attract the most intensive intervention. In all cases, the professional judgement of the offender manager is a key factor in deciding what measures are needed to manage an offender and prevent re-offending.

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