Half-way house for offenders on Noble’s site gets green light

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Plans have been approved to convert an acute mental health unit on the Noble’s Hospital site into a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for offenders.

Grianagh Court is expected to become available in 2016-17, as health chiefs progress a scheme to build a new inpatient facility on a vacant plot of land next to Geddyn Reesht at Noble’s.

The Department of Home Affairs has said the new centre will replace David Gray House, in Douglas, which is owned by the Salvation Army and run by the charity in partnership with the Prison and Probation Service.

It is needed so it can fulfil its statutory responsibility to provide services in relation to probation, bail and after care of offenders within the criminal justice system.

David Gray House is described as being old, in need of extensive repairs, and not meeting recognised standards. Home Affairs Minister Juan Watterson has said: ‘A larger and more bespoke facility would support a fully integrated offender management system to better address offending behaviour and enhance public safety.’

Grianagh Court will accommodate 20 clients, compared with nine at David Gray House. Alternative housing arrangements have had to be made for clients because David Gray House was full.

A larger facility will allow improved training and rehabilitation facilities to more clients, and maximise the effectiveness of multi-agency working involving Health, Social Care and Education.

The building will also house the Probation Service, Community Service and Family Court Welfare.

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