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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

July 28, 2004: More Sex Offenders?  MAPPA Reports Published

42 local annual reports outlining the work of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) were published today. Each individual area report can be downloaded here.The MAPPA provide the statutory framework for inter-agency co-operation in assessing and managing violent and sex offenders in England and Wales, and ensure much closer supervision of offenders. The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000) established the MAPPA and placed them on a statutory basis.

Under the arrangements, Police, Probation, Prisons and other key agencies combine forces to manage the risk posed by dangerous offenders. Those ‘critical few’ offenders that pose the highest risk are referred to a Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel (MAPPP), where their cases are regularly scrutinised by senior representatives of local agencies. In the last year, 39,622 offenders were covered by MAPPA arrangements, 2,152 of whom were referred to MAPPP.

The total number of MAPPA offenders has fallen from 52,809 in 2002/3 to 39,492 in 2003/4. This is because for 2003/4 the basis for counting Violent and Other Sex Offenders was changed to a community based figure, rather than including offenders in custody. This ensures that all categories now reflect the supervision of offenders in the community.

The total number of registered sex offenders has risen from 21,413 in 2002/3 to 24, 572 in 2003/4, an increase of almost 15%. This was not unforeseen, as the length of time offenders remain on the register is determined by the length of their sentence. This registration requirement currently varies between 5 years and life. As a result, the number of registered sex offenders is cumulative.

Paul Goggins, Minister for the Correctional Services, commented:

"In the MAPPA we have a system of managing and monitoring dangerous offenders that is world-leading, and succeeds in protecting the public better than ever before. The arrangements have enabled Police, Probation and Prisons, with the committed involvement of partner agencies, to work at their very best in supervising dangerous cases through active co-operation with each other… The small proportion of offenders that pose the highest risk are more closely scrutinised than ever by the Multi-Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs). And only a very small proportion – this year as low as 1 per cent – of offenders referred to MAPPPs are charged with serious further offences."