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National Offender Management Strategy

Volume 707: debated on Monday 2 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the Offender Management Strategy 2008; and what are the predicted re-offending rates for the future. [HL868]

Punishment and Reform: Our Approach to Managing Offenders was published on 17 December 2008 and is available on the Ministry of Justice website. It explains how the principles of punishment and reform underpin our approach to offender management.

A strategic review of offender management took place in 2007. A summary report was made available to probation services in January 2008. A copy of the summary has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The purpose of the Offender Management Strategic Review was to set the direction for the implementation of future phases of offender management within the National Offender Management Service. The review drew on an extensive programme of consultation with practitioners and other interested parties including the findings from Offender Management Inspection reports by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation which are public documents.

The Ministry has an ambitious target to reduce the frequency of reoffending by 10 per cent between 2005 and 2011. Research by our analysis teams on future reoffending rates indicates that we are on course to achieve this target The most recent reoffending statistics, published in September 2008, demonstrated that between 2005 and 2006 reoffending was reduced by 13 per cent. This is on top of a reduction in reoffending of 11.4 per cent between 2000 and 2005.

The excellent progress made in reducing reoffending over the first year of the target period is very encouraging and demonstrates the success of the Government’s approach. Working with partners in the police, local authorities, across the criminal justice system and in local communities, more effective responses to reoffending have been developed. We know that our policies have been successful in bringing reoffending down over the past eight years but we are not complacent. We are working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our programmes of activity to deliver further reductions.