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Violent offender monitoring programme’s results praised

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MORE than 90 per cent of violent and sexual offenders monitored through a scheme designed to protect the public did not reoffend last year, according to latest figures.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull is the chairman of JMAPPA. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON (21190014)

Six of the 63 offenders managed through the Jersey Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements were reconvicted for offences including assault, malicious damage, breach of a restraining order and non-recent sexual abuse.

JMAPPA was set up in 2011 following the introduction of the Sex Offenders’ (Jersey) 2010 Law to manage sexual, violent or dangerous offenders together with potentially dangerous people.

It comprises agencies including the States police, Probation, Customs and Immigration and Health.

JMAPPA’s 2017 annual report shows that 28 new individuals were placed on the sex offenders’ register last year, bringing the total number to 130.

Of these, 29 are in custody, 85 are in the community and 16 are living outside of Jersey.

Meanwhile, five people successfully applied to have their notification requirements removed and were subsequently taken off the register.

However, the report adds: ‘Although this is a significant increase from previous years, there continues to be a net increase in registered sex offenders that need to be managed.’

The report also shows that the number of people dealt with at higher JMAPPA levels – levels two and three – increased from 48 in 2016 to 54 in 2017.

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Offenders at level one require single agency management, working with other agencies as appropriate, while offenders at level two require multi-agency requirement and those at level three need senior management oversight and ‘considerable resources’.

A breakdown of the 54 individuals managed at levels two and three revealed that 66% were born in Jersey, 19% were born in the UK and 15% were born elsewhere in the world.

Two of the most serious offenders were female. And 35 per cent were registered sex offenders.

Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull, the chairman of JMAPPA, said: ‘In the few years that it has been established, the JMAPPA process has been incredibly successful – as shown in the reoffending 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.’

Krysta Eaves

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