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Tagged In:  Probation, Reoffending
Earlier this week we took a look at the reoffending rates amongst young offenders in London, but what’s the picture like amongst adult offenders in the capital?



Scale of adult reoffending in London


The proven adult reoffending rates in London are at the highest they’ve ever been since 2008/09, according to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s (MOPAC) recent presentation on ‘Reducing Adult Reoffending’. This is against a backdrop of a 21% reduction in crime in the last seven years. 

The latest stats available, in the rolling year to June 2014, reveal 77% of adult offenders committed or cautioned for indictable offences in London were re-offenders. 41% had more than 15 previous convictions.
 
Of all adults leaving custody, those serving 12 months or less in prison had the highest reoffending rates (53.1%). 

London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)


A transcript from the MOPAC presentation reveals London CRC Chief Executive Nick Smart’s views on the issues facing high reoffending rates amongst those serving under 12 months:

“These people are most likely to have chaotic lives, well-entrenched patterns of reoffending, but critically, they are also people that have not had any statutory intervention focused at them thus far.”

The Through The Gate aspect of the Offender Rehabilitation Act is going to be critical. After all, for the first time, it brings together that group of offenders within a statutory remit, with the vast majority supervised by a CRC. 

London CRC, of course, is now under MTCnovo’s ownership, and in Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Grattan’s words, the CRC aims to provide a “comprehensive service that we hope will aid their desistance from offending.”

Already, the London CRC has established a four week modular programme at 14 resettlement prisons in London. Called ‘Getting it Right’, the programme addresses all known issues that impact on reoffending, including accommodation, debt, education, family, relationships. Not just implemented in prison, it can also be continued in a community setting. 

For now, London CRC remains confident in the programme being able to make a big difference, especially for those in the under-12 month custodial cohort. 

Managing caseloads at CRC level


The CRC will have its work cut-out though, with a significant increase in caseloads. In an attempt to lessen the impact on probation officers, London CRC has chosen to deliver its programmes through a mixed economy model, which draws in support from the third-sector and voluntary organisations. Given the thousands of offenders this will apply to, the delivery model varies depending on locality. For some, supervision and support is provided directly by a CRC colleague and for others by a charitable or voluntary organisation. 
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