The scheme set up to manage dangerous offenders in Jersey is proving a success, according to its latest annual report.
The Jersey Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements, or JMAPPA, was set up in 2011 after the implementation of the Sex Offenders (Jersey) Law 2010 to manage sexual, violent or dangerous offenders, together with potentially dangerous persons.
It is a group made of a number of agencies including the Police, Probation, the Prison and Customs and Immigration, with support from Home Affairs, Housing, Health and Social Services, Education, Sport and Culture. A number of "interested parties are also involved, including the Honorary Police.
Offenders are categorised according to their level of risk into four sub groups “
Category 1 “ Registered Sex Offenders
Category 2 “ Violent and Other Sexual Offenders due to be released from a custodial sentence of more than 12 months
Category 3 “ Have convictions that identify that the individual could pose a threat to the public, the offence could have been committed in another jurisdiction
Category 4 “ Potentially dangerous persons “ people whose behaviour may not have resulted in court but gives sufficient concern that they pose a risk.
As well as these categories there are three levels of management depending on what agencies need to be involved “
Level 1 “ Single agency management, working with other agencies as appropriate
Level 2 “ Multi-Agency management required
Level 3 “ Senior management oversight and considerable resources needed.
In 2012 “
61 individuals were deemed a level 2 or 3 JMAPPA subject
54 of those had not re-offended during their time in the programme, equivalent to 88.5%
21 were categorised as Category 1 offenders
27 people were managed at a level 1 by various agencies
Two serious case reviews were undertaken (see report for full details)
Mike Cutland, chair of JMAPPA, said: "In its second year now JMAPPA has proved incredibly successful in managing serious offenders and we believe that is reflected in the numbers that have not gone on to reoffend.
"We are constantly looking at the JMAPPA framework and developing what we do to make the scheme as robust as possible.
"Risk management is not an infallible process but we are pleased with how JMAPPA has worked in 2012 and we continue to work hard in 2013.