For more than a decade re-offending has been consistently high in the UK. Almost half of those released from prison re-offend within one year. It is, therefore, essential that service provision in prisons and the community are improved to break the cycle of re-offending.
Key Challenge Identified:
- People with learning disabilities who are at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system receive the individual support they need to address their (potential) offending behaviour.
- Keys To Life Implementation and priorities framework Document 2015
- Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014
- Keys to Life Learning Disability Strategy
- The Equality Act 2010
- Health Needs Assessment Report, NHS Health Scotland
How will SOLD help address the issues identified?
Our members believe that change is possible!
We reviewed the key interaction points, for people with learning disabilities, along the criminal justice pathway, which helped us identify recommendations for change.
The key recommendations to improve support in the community and reduce reoffending are:
- Greater integration between social care and the prison system to ensure that offenders with known vulnerabilities do not experience undue delay for referrals to support services when liberated.
- A review of offender management in the community to ensure that there are national goals and that the service is accountable.
- Ensure that all offender management programs are evidence based and bear in mind the heterogeneity of offenders when designing programs for rehabilitation.
- Consideration must be given to the eligibility criteria for support used by local authorities. In particular there should be a review of whether being “at risk of committing a crime” should be a consideration
If you are a member of SOLD you can request a copy of our action plans which detail how we are working towards implementing our recommendations for change.