Minister praises work in city to cut down on reoffending

PRAISE Crispin Blunt
PRAISE Crispin Blunt

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PRISONS and probation minister Crispin Blunt met organisations in Portsmouth which work towards driving down repeat offences in the city.

Hampshire Probation Trust played host to the minister, who visited Portsmouth’s Integrated Offender Management (IOM) unit.

It brings together groups such as Hampshire Constabulary, the probation service and Portsmouth City Council.

The IOM unit has set up The Compass Group to work with offenders and find out why they break the law.

Mr Blunt said: ‘I have the highest admiration for the professionalism and commitment shown by probation staff who are charged with making some of the most demanding judgments when managing the most damaged and damaging of our fellow citizens.

‘IOM units and schemes such as The Compass Group are good example of managing offenders.’

John Babbington, of Portsmouth probation team, said: ‘Many of the individuals coming into contact with the probation service have either never been given the opportunity, or allowed themselves the opportunity to gain success.

‘It could be argued this is the first time their views have been listened to and they have gained respect for wanting change.’