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Please contact essexcrc.enquiries@sodexojustice.scc.gsi.gov.uk (0345 608 0211) for specific information.

Accommodation Search and Education Training and Employment

  • 1349 out of the 1494 offenders whose court orders finished in 2013 were in settled and suitable accommodation (this is over 90%).

Sentencing

  • Essex Probation produced 5300 reports for courts in 2013. These will now be produced by NPS in Essex.
  • The courts added over 11½,000 requirements to the community orders they made in 2013.

Partnerships

  •  We work with the 13 Community Safety Partnerships; with the Safer Essex strategic group, the Crime and Disorder Network Executive, the 3 Safeguarding Boards for both Children and Vulnerable Adults, the 3 Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, the 5 Children’s Trusts, the 3 Supporting People arrangements, and we join with the imaginative initiatives in Essex and the two Unitary Authorities to increase community safety.

Prisons

Characteristics of the prison population (Source: Social Exclusion Unit)

  • 47% of male sentenced prisoners and 50% of female sentenced prisoners had run away from home as a child. (Compared to 10% of the general population)
  • Over 25% of prisoners had been taken into care as a child (Compared to 2% of the population)
  • One-quarter of young male offenders in prison are young fathers
  • One in five women prisoners were living at home with dependent children at the time of imprisonment
  • One-half of male and one-third of female sentenced prisoners were excluded from school. One half of male and seven out of ten female prisoners have no qualifications
  • Two-thirds of prisoners have numeracy skills at or below the level expected of an 11 year old. One-half have a reading ability and 82% have writing ability at or below this level
  • Two-thirds of prisoners were unemployed in the four weeks before imprisonment
  • Around 70% of prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders. In the general population, the figures are 5% for men and 2% for women
  • Prisoners are more likely to be abusers of illegal drugs and alcohol than other sectors of the community
  • Nearly three-quarters of prisoners were in receipt of benefits immediately before entering prison
  • 5% of prisoners were sleeping rough prior and almost one-third were not living in permanent accommodation immediately prior to imprisonment

Women in Prison

  • 81% are convicted of non-violent crimes, over half are known substance abusers, and 53% of women in custody have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their pasts.
  • Women in custody also have a high self-harm and attempted suicide rate that goes hand in hand with the large percentage of women in custody with mental health issues.