The unstoppable momentum of localism in criminal justice

The LGiU teamed up with BT and Alan Duncan MP, Shadow Prisons Minister, yesterday for an event to discuss reforming the criminal justice system.  For the LGiU it was an opportunity to continue to develop support for localism.  We found again that we are pushing at an open door, so why the slow progress?   We argue that the system needs connecting up locally to prevent offending in the first place, and then to effectively deal with people in the system to get their lives back on track, reduce re-offending, and create greater transparency and a sense of justice for victims and communities.    At the moment the system is largely disconnected not only from communities – think of how prisons exist as islands, quite seperate from people and places in which they are located – but also from organisations within the system and, crucially from councils.   Our Primary Justice proposal has attracted widespread interest and politicans from all parties have given it a good look and say they find it persuasive.    What we need now is a major Bill in the first session of the next parliament.

    1. This is the essence of accountability within a police context and it is critically important to building trust-based relationships within the community. However, the true power of accountability can only be found within the context of trust-based relationships. In other words, accountability outside of a trust-based relationship can be viewed as offensive.

      So time and effort must be invested in building the relationship first. Establishing a reputation for integrity and open channels of communication are two of the main ingredients that necessarily precede accountability. Too often we try to put accountability first and the relationship breaks down or stalls out because we have not pumped enough trust into it at the early stages.

      Sheriff Ray

    2. Steve says:

      More talk I’m afraid gentlemen. Councils are unable to manage the basics properly.

      It would be foolish to allow them to consider helping offenders on to the right track to send them back into the rubbish strewn streets of the community that gave them the lack of respect, low expectations and poor self-esteem in the first place and helped them to get into the trouble that landed them in the inistitutions that are also run by the people who can’t do the job correctly on the outside.

      Recidivism is caused by being surrounded by institutions who are convinced they’re doing a job well done at every step of the recidivists’ in the circle.

      As a youngster, whom I had admonished for not having some pride in his surroundings after he threw a tin into the river, said to me recently, ‘Well nobody else seems to care.”

      So saying, he pointed at the pile of black bags that are now a regular feature for days at a time on the streets of all our communities.

      He speaks for all youngsters, you grow up surrounded by sch***, you start to believe that’s the norm and that’s how you treat people property and life.

      Disaffection, and lackadaisical local authoritites fan its embers into fires that now spread throughout the world, instead of pouring a little refreshing water on at an early stage.

      It’s OK to reach for the stars but don’t forget the flowers at your feet.
      If you do, they’ll turn into weeds and are starting to engulf you.

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