The PCVC wants to ensure that at every stage of the Criminal Justice System, young people and adults who have offended have access to services which are going to help reduce their offending in the future. He also wants to prevent people from offending in the first place by being able to access services which will improve their life chances and reduce the number of victims.
To reduce crime and make a difference to victims, we need to consider the underlying causes of offending and reoffending, and take an evidence-based approach to rehabilitating offenders.
The Cleveland and Durham Local Criminal Justice Partnership brings together agencies with responsibility for delivering criminal justice and services for victims and people who have offended. The partners have agreed on a clear vision: ‘County Durham, Darlington and Cleveland are areas where people have confidence in a local criminal justice system which supports victims, rehabilitates offenders and reduces reoffending, and delivers value for money’.
Under the LCJP, the reducing reoffending work-stream – which is comprised of two groups, one for County Durham and Darlington, and another for Cleveland – looks to reduce offending and reoffending by ensuring that adults and young people who offend are challenged and supported to desist from crime.
The group has objectives relating to prevention and early intervention – and, recognising that both the Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) for Durham and for Darlington have reducing reoffending within their own priorities, works in partnership with both CSPs, with local authorities, and with criminal justice agencies. The Durham Police, Crime & Victims Commissioner is one of many agencies that are part of the Local Criminal Justice Partnership, other agencies included are listed below.
Checkpoint is a voluntary adult offender deferred prosecution scheme operating in Durham Constabulary, UK. Checkpoint targets low and medium-level offenders entering the Criminal Justice System by providing an alternative to a criminal prosecution. It offers a tailored, four month programme agreed through a contract.
The scheme targets the reasons why offenders commit crime by assessing their individual needs in order to provide interventions.
Early results indicate that the Checkpoint cohort achieve a lower reoffending rate in comparison to a typical Durham Out Of Court Disposal sample. The evaluation results of the implementation phase are now published and can be accessed through the Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, paz015. Analysis of the Randomised Control Trial results continues.