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How can voluntary sector criminal justice services contribute to better outcomes for individuals at risk of a short custodial sentence?Clinks coordinates quarterly regional fora to provide the opportunity for organisations to keep up to speed on new developments. These events update you with recent policy changes and implications and allow you to step back from your crucial day-to-day frontline work to see the bigger picture and context in which you are working. Over the past ten years we have seen the number of people sentenced to custody steadily rise, whilst the number of community sentences has declined significantly. Our prison system is struggling under an increasing population and ageing infrastructure. This forum will explore how co-ordinated support from voluntary sector services in the community could contribute to early intervention and alternatives to custody – getting people the right support as early as possible to reduce the risk of re-offending.At this event, you will:
Get an update on new developments in criminal justice policy
Hear about developments in Scottish policy around community sentencing as an alternative to short custodial sentences
Discuss the role the voluntary sector might play if similar legislative changes were implemented in England and Wales
Explore the challenges and discuss opportunities that an increase in the use of community services as an alternative to custody could present to your organisation
Network with other organisations to discuss issues and explore solutions.