Exploring a devolved approach to criminal justice

‘Breaking Barriers: Doing it Justice’ is an independent review led by the Rt. Hon Hazel Blears, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Dr Jon Bashford, and the first of its kind to fully explore the opportunities a devolved approach to Criminal Justice presents.

The seven month review commenced in August 2016 and the findings will be published in February 2017. The review is evidence-based and has included a focused inquiry with 30+ stakeholders from a diverse range of individuals and organisations from different sectors and systems.

The review’s focus is end-to-end and explores the following themes:

Prevention and early intervention, reducing demand entering or progressing unnecessarily through the system
Custody & Rehabilitation, ensuring the offenders journey through the system including prison is effective, beneficial and restorative
After Care and Continuity of Care, effective and joined-up resettlement back into the community to prevent individuals from re-entering the system

The review will also be stress-testing the case for devolving Criminal Justice powers, funding and accountability and taking a place-based approach to remodel the criminal justice system around the dynamics of the community.

The ambition is to see how investment can be shifted towards early intervention, incentivise integration and innovation of services, focus on individual outcomes and ensure value-for-money.

The Review is national in scope, but with a particular focus upon Greater Manchester where their Public Service Reform team has been closely engaged, along with other devolved areas.

Download the report here – http://www.breakingbarriers-dij.co.uk/about-the-report/