Justice Reducing Re-Offending and Improving Rehabilitation

Home Office statistics indicate that 60% of offenders re-offend within two years at a cost to the taxpayer of circa £9.5 billion to £13 billion per year*.  Contributing factors to this problem include a lack of opportunities, negative attitudes and behaviours and pre-existing issues present prior to offending – such as limited education and training. When offenders are released back into the community, these deficits are likely to result in barriers to their successful rehabilitation.

 

 

How we can help

MegaNexus delivers secure data partnership solutions in prisons and offender management units throughout England and Wales.  NEO works with the premise of the creation of a single record and the permissions based sharing of that record.  This allows different partners to collaborate on their support for an offender and gives the offender access to a range of resources such as accredited courses and mentoring services.

 

Challenge

To achieve reduced re-offending to allay the number of victims and cost to the taxpayer, an intelligent criminal justice system is needed that supports them for the future.  Local agencies have taken a partnership approach to the Integrated Management of Offenders, ensuring effective help for those who struggle most to reform.

Opportunity

Offender managers are increasingly struggling to securely share data on offenders, having to revert to manual tasks and processes.  An integrated IT solution is therefore needed to securely manage a learner’s journey.

How we can help

MegaNexus provides a secure web-based infrastructure that enables multiple agencies to share sensitive data in a secure manner to efficiently deliver support to agencies under the Integrated Offender Management arrangement.

 

The Background

There are seven pathways to resettlement for men (housing, health, skills, work, drugs and alcohol, family relationships and money) and nine for women (additionally including sex working and domestic abuse).  Traditional means of delivering services based on these pathways necessitate extra adaptations in order to be appropriate for the custodial setting.  The resources that the offender requires for the journey from incarceration to resettlement need to be made available in a safe, secure and appealing environment.  NEO provides an offender with opportunities for personal development under the supervision of key support staff.

Therefore, the front-line support is essential in playing a pivotal role in reducing re-offending rates and public spending, by working together in an effort to supply the best Education, Training and Employment (ETE) services.  According to a report compiled in 2012 by the St Giles Trust, the Government would save £10 for every £1 invested in such schemes.

 

The Solution

Our solution, NEO, is developed to support the rehabilitation before the prevention of crime. Rather than covering the cost of the consequences of crime by re-offenders, which is a drain on the taxpayer, money can be invested into solutions that begin working even before the offender has left prison.  This lowers the risk of re-offending and also results in a higher level of engagement from the offender and increased participation in society upon their release.

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