Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) supervises offenders in the community – those subject to a court order and those released from prison on licence.
Staffordshire and West Midlands CRC provides probation services for low and medium risk offenders across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. The National Probation Service manages high risk offenders.
The Community Rehabilitation Company case-load is made up of men and women aged over 18. Of these, 66% are serving community sentences imposed by the courts, 20% are in prison and 14% are out on post prison-release licence.
Probation officers design sentence plans for offenders to address the factors linked to offending behaviour, such as drug and alcohol misuse, employment and accommodation problems. Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company works with local organisations to tackle these issues.
It costs £37,000 to keep an adult in custody for a year. (National Audit Office, Comparing International Criminal Justice Systems, March 2012). It costs £3,500 for a probation or a Youth Offending Team to supervise someone for a year (Hansard 2006).
Probation works. The reoffending rate for offenders who received prison sentences of less than a year (and so had no involvement with probation services) is 57%. The reoffending rate for offenders managed by probation trusts is 34% (Open Justice website).
Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company runs the popular Community Payback scheme. In 2013, nearly 4,000 offenders sentenced to Community Payback completed over 506,300 hours of unpaid work. This equates to over three million pounds’ worth of free labour provided to local communities as offenders pay back for the crimes they have committed. Community Payback projects include litter picking, clearing undergrowth, repairing and redecorating community centres and removing graffiti.
Download the NOMS Offender Management Model [PDF, 1.3 MB].