Help is at hand for offenders in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court

 

Help is at hand for offenders in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court

 

14 March 2016

Originally published in The Islington Gazette

James Morris

 

A support service aimed at offenders in Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court has celebrated helping 600 defendants in its first year.

 

Community Advice, which is based inside the Holloway Road court, is aimed at people not eligible for probation support – due to the low level of their convictions such as theft, vandalism and drunk and disorderly conduct – but who repeatedly re-offend.

 

It focuses on guiding people to access long-term support services such as alcohol treatment or mental health services. Of the 600, around two-thirds of the defendants have reported a positive response to their treatment.

 

The service celebrated its one-year anniversary in the town hall last night. Joanne Thomas, practice manager, said: “There are early, positive signs that it is helping people who would have had no other recourse to resolve their issues.”

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