A SCHEME that will tackle adult reoffending has got the go-ahead.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and Tri-borough public health are both providing £1.9 million each over two years to pay for a two year project across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
The initiative will focus on the neglected group of offenders who serve short prison sentences and currently receive no formal post-release support.
The programme, which starts from October, will see the establishment of a custody referral team, which will screen offenders at the point of arrest for learning disabilities and mental health problems, as well as alcohol and drug misuse, so their specific needs can be assessed immediately.
A key worker team will work with each offender and provide support from sentencing to their stay in prison and through to their release. The scheme aims to reduce reconviction rates by 10 per cent for short sentenced prisoners with payments linked to outcomes.
Hammersmith and Fulham deputy council leader Greg Smith said: "By establishing a Tri-borough custody referral team we will be able to screen offenders when they are arrested and take early action to tackle issues such as alcohol and drug abuse - which may be contributing to a life of crime. By tackling these issues early and head-on we expect to reduce reoffending by 10 per cent.”