Re-offending rates are lowest in the country

Partners from Corby Council, Northamptonshire Police, Community Payback and the Youth Offending Team tackle environmental issues and focus on safer routes around the estate
Partners from Corby Council, Northamptonshire Police, Community Payback and the Youth Offending Team tackle environmental issues and focus on safer routes around the estate

Criminals who re-offend in the county are always hit with further punishments, the boss of Northamptonshire’s Probation Trust has revealed.

As latest figures show that the county’s Probation Trust has the lowest re-offending rates in the whole country, the Telegraph can also reveal that 100 per cent of convicted criminals who appear back in court are hit with further punishments for further crimes and breaches.

John Budd, chief executive of Northamptonshire Probation Trust, said: “What we’ve got here in Northamptonshire is a very committed group of staff that is acutely aware that for every offender, there is a victim.

“The effect of having such a low re-offending rate makes for a much safer community.

“We manage those who are on probation very strictly, and for those who do breach their probation, we’ve got 100 per cent success rate of getting orders and licences enforced in court.

“That gives assurance to the county that it is not filled with offenders running amok.”

From April 2011 to March 2012, 7.17 per cent of the 8,500 criminals in the county re-offended, which was lower than the predicted rate of 7.79 per cent.

Mr Budd said that partnership work with the police, local authorities, and other parts of the voluntary sector were key in keeping the rate low.

Kettering MP Philip Hollbone said: “Northamptonshire is clearly an example that other parts of the country should be following.

“I invited Justice Minister Nick Herbert to Kettering to see a community payback scheme in June to show him the effectiveness of the county’s programme.

“These kind of schemes are important for instilling discipline as well as creating a community asset.”