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I am increasingly convinced that the way to reduce prison populations is to invest in ‘interventions’ at every stage of the offending cycle. This includes a juvile receiving a caution to a proflic offender being supported by a trained mentor on release from prison. Unfortunately this risks being overlooked by criminal justice agencies, or the first to go due to budget cuts. What are your views?

3 Responses so far.

  1. P Hancock says:

    Congratulations on you new “Blog” leading from the front as always.

  2. James Kelly, Chair WEest Mercia Probation Trust says:

    You are absolutely right Edwin and at West Mercia Probation Trust we have developed a range of interventions, working with community groups, other public agencies and farmers aimed at helping offenders to develop self worth and confidence as well as work skills. We get funding from a variety of sources and have found that pooling money and other resources with others allows us and them to get better outcomes and hit our and their targets. We have found this approach allows us and partners to deliver interventions despite the cuts resulting from the current financial crisis.

    (West Mercia = Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford)

    • Edwin says:

      Hello James – thank you for your observations and details about your approach. Extremley interesting! I am becoming increasingly convinced that such interventions are effective and Value for Money.


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