Almost 90 per cent high risk offenders managed under the JMAPPA programme (level 2/3) did not re-offend in 2014, the latest annual report has revealed, that’s a rise of almost 5 per cent on 2013.
The eight offenders who did re-offend have been dealt with for a number of different offences, one of which was an offence of rape. Accordingly the SMB commissioned a Serious Incident Review (SIR) in order to learn lessons from the case. The offender was sentenced to six years imprisonment in January.
These statistics form part of JMAPPA’s Annual Report 2014, 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 –
In 2014 total number of individuals dealt with via JMAPPA was 77, an increase from 66 in 2013 (16%).
An explanation for the increase in numbers of individuals is releases from custody to level 2 management, and an increase in the number of Category 1 offenders from 62 to 69 (an increase of 10%).
As well as the categories there are three levels of management depending on what agencies need to be involved –
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 as part of this partnership is to manage these offenders supporting them within the community but offenders have to take personal responsibility for their behaviour and conduct.”
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