An intensive community order for offenders at risk of short custodial sentences to strengthen current Integrated Offender Management practice in Calderdale. Suitable defendants would be identified by Probation, and the order proposed in Pre- Sentence Reports. The order would be composed of a range of different elements in three themes - punishment, reparation and rehabilitation. The actual composition would be tailored to meet the individual circumstances of the offender. There would be a minimum of 4 interventions a week in the first 3 months of supervision, including weekends.
Many of the component parts already exist (e.g. accredited programmes, drug treatment, Community Payback and curfews). These would be combined with greater intensity, and two new elements introduced - a restorative justice intervention, and the allocation of a trained volunteer mentor. Offenders assessed as high risk of reoffending who still receive a short custodial sentence would be offered post-release support on a voluntary basis.
Projected outcomes include a reduction in short custodial sentences by 25%, reduction in predicted level of reoffending by 10%, improved victim satisfaction, a reduction in the level of need of offenders, increase in employability of offenders, and positive outcomes for the children of offenders. Initial PRG funding would sustain the programme for 2 years.
Latest monitoring information:
December - January 2013
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Aug - Nov 2012
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May - July 2012
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February - April 2012
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November 2011 - January 2012
- 19 Intensive Community Orders (ICO) in total have now been made.
- 2 cases have been reviewed at the 6 month stage and 1 case has shown a small reduction in their re-offending score and the second case has remained at the same level.
- 6 offenders have attended a one day catering course delivered by Calderdale College.
- 8 offenders have started their victim awareness work
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August – October 2011
- Mentor Co-ordinator recruited
- 15 Mentors have been recruited and trained from the local community to support offenders.
- Police Officer recruited
- Probation Offender Manager appointed
- Local magistrate project champion appointed
- Information leaflets printed
- From 30 August - 30 November 2011, 11 Intensive Community Orders have been made.