Managing serious offenders

85 per cent of high risk offenders managed under the JMAPPA programme (level 2/3) did not re-offend in 2013, the latest annual report has revealed.

The 10 offenders who did re-offend tended to commit public order offences or those relating to domestic violence. One category one offender was jailed for indecent images of children.

These new statistics form part of JMAPPA’s Annual Report 2013, which outlines the work of the group, as well as the numbers and levels of those they manage.

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.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, Chairman of JMAPPA, said: “In the few years it has been established the JMAPPA process has been incredibly successful, as shown in the re-offending rates.

“Each subject is managed based on their offending behaviour and risk. This however, is not an infallible science and we continue to give training and advice to all agencies involved in the process.

“In essence the goal for all agencies is to manage these offenders, stopping them committing any further crimes and keeping the community safe.”

JMAPPA 2013 Report


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