London Assembly investigates youth reoffending

07 January 2015

This meeting took place on 8 January 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

What more could the Mayor do to help reduce the number of young offenders who go on to reoffend?

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will assess the nature and extent of youth reoffending in London, and examine the strategies and programmes that Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and partners have put in place to tackle youth reoffending. The Committee will also discuss the impact of the now disbanded resettlement regime that was based at Feltham Youth Offenders Institution (YOI), and current programmes in place for young offenders leaving custody.

Following the introduction of the Police and Crime Plan in 2013, the Mayor committed to deliver a “rehabilitation revolution” by improving the treatment and resettlement of offenders and by cutting re-offending rates, particularly for young people. The Mayor set London’s criminal justice agencies a specific target of reducing the re-offending rate by young people leaving custody in London by 20 percent (from a baseline of 70.8 percent). The Committee will begin assessing the progress of these targets tomorrow, as part of their investigation.

The following guests will be questioned;

Panel One (10am)

Dr Tim Bateman, Reader in Youth Justice, University of Bedfordshire

Dr Alex Newbury, Senior Lecturer, Brighton Business School

Graham Robb, Youth Justice and Education consultant

Lisa, Harvey-Messina, Head of London Business Area, Youth Justice Board

Panel Two (approx. 11am)

Glenn Knight, Governor, Feltham Young Offenders Institution

Evan Jones, Head of Community Services, St Giles Trust

Loretta Albertini, Switch Direction Performance Manager, Working Links

Helen Dyson, Offender Management Service Manager, NACRO

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 8 January from 10am in the Chamber, at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

The Police and Crime Committee is responsible for examining the activities of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and investigating matters it considers to be of importance to policing and crime reduction in London.

The Police and Crime Committee is established under s32 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The Chair of the Police and Crime Committee, Joanne McCartney AM, is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.