William Eichler 22 February 2017

Combined authorities the ‘natural leaders’ for driving reform of criminal justice system

Combined authorities the ‘natural leaders’ for driving reform of criminal justice system  image

Metro mayors should use newly-devolved criminal justice powers to cut reoffending rates, report urges.

A new study into how to reform the criminal justice system has called for combined authorities and mayors to use devolved powers to ‘drive innovation’ and cut down on reoffending.

Entitled Doing it Justice: breaking barriers to criminal justice transformation, the report highlighted the need to reduce tensions between central Government and local control of services.

It also called for greater integration between the criminal justice system and other areas of the public sector, such as education and employment, health and mental health, substance use and welfare.

‘There is no single factor or silver bullet to deliver change and transformation to a criminal justice system which costs the taxpayer £17bn annually, let alone reducing the staggering £124bn estimated annual economic costs of violent crime in the UK,’ said the report’s author and former secretary of state for communities and local government, Hazel Blears.

‘Rather, we see that a complex interplay of cultural, economic, organisational and historic factors block innovation and prevent much-needed integration.’

‘We have identified five interdependent building blocks for transformation that could deliver the type of whole system change that cuts costs, ensures safety and positively changes the lives of offenders and improves safety for communities,’ she added.

The five building blocks are:

• co-commissioning and design of services to drive place-based transformation;
• co-production to encourage public engagement and new ways of working;
• creating a life opportunities approach to preventing reoffending based on recognising the life potential of offenders;
• better use of digital technology and data analysis to support rehabilitation;
• devolution of leadership and workforce development.

‘Local areas need support from central government to integrate criminal justice services, and combined authorities in this context must be seen as the natural leaders for driving systemic transformation,’ said co-author Professor Lord Patel.

‘When viewed through the prism of collaborative working across the health, education, housing and welfare system, the possibilities for public value creation in driving radical change across criminal justice system represent a once in a lifetime opportunity.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Principal Energy Engineer

Surrey County Council
£45,734 - £51,725 per annum
Do you have experience in working with delivering carbon reduction measures into a range of building projects? Surrey
Recuriter: Surrey County Council

Wellbeing and Independence Practitioner - Safeguarding

Essex County Council
£27203 - £31370 per annum
Please note, this role is a Fixed Term Contract until the end of March 2022. With us, you can achieve more - for yourself as well as those you work England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
c. £150,000
Are you ready for an exciting and rewarding opportunity Essex
Recuriter: Essex County Fire & Rescue Service

Housing Development Manager

City of York Council
£36,476 to £41,830 per annum
Do you want to play a key part in the delivery of “the UK’s most ambitious council-led housing programme in a generation”? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Resettlement Support Workers

City of York Council
£21,989 to £24,447 per annum
We are looking to recruit two individuals to provide high quality support to those living in the resettlement hostel for young people aged 16-25 York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue