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Friday, 1 May 2009

Engaging communities in criminal justice

The Government has just launched a consultation on a set of measure that aims to give local people more of a say over community safety. The aim is to make the criminal justice system more transparent, responsive and accountable to local people.

Hackney is one of the areas identifed as a potential 'Pioneer area' where a number of the proposals will be piloted over the coming year:

  • The introduction of Community Prosecutors with a specific role to engage with communities alongside the police, courts and others.

  • Community Impact Statements which will give communities the chance to feed in their views on crimes in their area and the impact they have on local people.

  • Extending the use of Citizens’ Panels to give local people more say in how offenders on Community Payback schemes repay the community for their crimes through tough projects.

  • Establishing ‘Virtual Community Justice Teams’ to apply a more intensive problem-solving approach to anti-social and criminal behaviour.

The full proposals are here and details of how to respond to the consultation here (the deadline is 31st July).

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