Delivering Justice and Reducing Reoffending - SYCJB Annual Review

20/01/2012

South Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board has today published its annual review, which highlights the Board’s recent achievements all of which focus upon making South Yorkshire a safer place in which to live, work and socialise.

Highlights include
- almost 28,000 fewer crimes being reported to the Police
- in excess of 36,000 offences being brought to justice
- 1500 first-time offenders, ranging from 10 to 90 years of age, having been diverted from a formal criminal justice setting, to a Restorative Justice outcome
- in excess of £1.1 million confiscated in assets and money from criminals ill-gotten gains within South Yorkshire.

The review sets out how the members of the Board are working hard to achieve more with less an on-going challenge, which involves partners working ever more closely together in order to align their staff and processes, reduce duplication of effort and further exploit the potential of digital technology. 

The review highlights how the Board is aiming to give victims a more influential voice in criminal justice proceedings, and better supporting those victims within South Yorkshire that are most vulnerable, in particular, those victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.

The review also demonstrates how the Board work together to help make offenders comply with orders of the court for example during 2010/11, more than £6 million was recovered in fines from offenders in South Yorkshire. 

Max Sahota, Assistant Chief Constable within South Yorkshire Police and the current Chair of the Criminal Justice Board said:

I am extremely pleased with the contribution the Board has made to the criminal justice performance across South Yorkshire and the more joined up approach.  The relations we have developed will help us meet the significant challenges ahead where we will all be operating with less money.

The annual review has, for the first time, been printed by offenders in the print room at Doncaster Prison - Inside Out Enterprises.  By training offenders in a recognised trade whilst serving their sentence, it is hoped that they can increase their chances of making a success of their lives upon release back into the community, and thereby resist the temptation of returning to a life of crime and reoffending.