Justice Matters - offender management

27 February 2017

The next MOPAC public scrutiny meeting will be held in Committee Room 5 at City Hall 9.00am -11.00pm on 27th February, bringing together key partner organisations from the criminal justice service to discuss offender management in London.


  1. Welcome, aim and introductions
  2. Part 1: Offender Management in London
  3. Part 2: A London Partnership Approach 
  4. Summary of actions/close

This meeting is open to the public to attend in person or can be watched live.

Download the slidepack for this meeting.

Offender management in London

London has more offenders than any other area in England and Wales – about 75,000 offenders, representing 17% of the national total. Although the overall reoffending rates for London are similar to England and Wales, for the most prolific career criminals, the rates of offending in London are higher compared to the rest of the country.

A study of 4,000 of London’s most prolific offenders found that such individuals were responsible for an average of 57 arrests each and 36 convictions over the course of their lives.

Research commissioned by MOPAC has shown that, as well as the tremendous harm caused to victims of crime, reoffending generates £2.2bn costs to London’s justice service every year. Prolific offenders often have complex and multiple needs – such as exposure to crime and violence from an early age; mental health needs; low educational attainment; and drug and alcohol problems.

The Mayor’s forthcoming Police and Crime Plan will set out an agenda for closer partnership work with a wide range of agencies and organisations to improve how offenders are managed, reduce reoffending and make the city safer.

Justice Matters will consider the current picture of offending in London, why reoffending matters to London and look at the current performance and resources of the statutory agencies such as the London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and the National Probation Service (NPS) responsible for managing offenders. 

The second part of the meeting will hear from voluntary and community sector organisations on current provision and capacity, and will focus on how we can work better together to make more effective pathways out of crime available to offenders.

Figures from the Ministry of Justice and partner agencies

  • 17%
    of all offenders
    reside in London - more than any other area in England and Wales
  • 36
    avg number of convictions
    over the lifetime of one of London's 4,000 most prolific offenders
  • 45000
    in the current joint caseload for NPS and CRC
  • £2248
    is what adult reoffending costs London in one year

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