Joined-up approach for justice scheme

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East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed the decision by the Justice Minister David Ford to roll out the Reducing Offending in Partnership scheme throughout the Province.

The initiative provides a multi-agency approach including the Youth Justice Agency, Probation Board, Prison Service and the PSNI. It delivers early identification and intervention, close monitoring of offenders and support and assistance.

Mr Dickson said: “Reducing offending is a complicated issue, but through a joined-up approach we can make Northern Ireland safer.”