County’s police chief is calling for change

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HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner has published a report setting out recommendations that aim to reduce re-offending.

Simon Hayes believes crime commissioners should hold community rehabilitating companies to account to ensure reoffending objectives are being met.

He believes the government should evaluate its spending on custodial sentencing and promote more ‘innovative approaches’ to reducing reoffending. The report also calls on ministers to reform sentencing guidelines.

And Mr Hayes believes more support should be given to ex-offenders and their families. The recommendations evolved from the first Winchester conference on reducing reoffending, which was hosted by Mr Hayes and the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Rupert Younger.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I am determined to use my role to work with colleagues in the criminal justice system to ensure that, together, we continue to protect people and places at a time of such significant change.’