Reoffending rates lower in Warwickshire than anywhere else

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WARWICKSHIRE Probation Trust is the top performing authority in England and Wales at reducing reoffending, according to new figures.

The data published last week shows that Warwickshire Probation Trust’s reoffending rate fell from 35.4 per cent in 2008 to 30.2 per cent in 2009.

In 2009 the actual reoffending rate was 30.2 per cent against a predicted rate of 33.6 per cent.

Chief executive Liz Stafford said “We are delighted to be the best performing Probation Trust in England and Wales.

“Reducing re-offending is the most important measure of our performance.”

The figures record how many people sentenced to community orders reoffend in the 12 months following the start of a community order.

They have been made public this year for the first time.

Mrs Stafford added: “I welcome the availability of local information.

“These good results reflect the hard work and commitment of our staff and partners over recent years to improve the work we do with offenders to prevent reoffending and to change people’s lives. They confirm the trust makes a difference.”

The trust employs about 170 people and is responsible for putting into practice the policies of the National Offender Management Service and the Ministry of Justice. Among its services are rehabilitation programmes for drink-drivers and drug users.