New head of community rehabilitation

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A new head of community rehabilitation has been appointed to help stop reoffending in the island.

Geraldine Martin has been appointed by the Department of Home Affairs to help the rehabilitation of prisoners, reduce levels of reoffending and support victims of crime.

Geraldine was a senior officer at the Lancashire Probation Trust for more than 20 years and has held senior positions in the criminal justice service in Merseyside and Cumbria.

She said: ‘I am looking forward to supporting the department’s efforts to reform the criminal justice system. I want to work with my colleagues to build on the solid foundations that are already in place and provide an efficient, effective and transparent probation service for the Isle of Man.

‘There is scope to modernise the island’s approach to criminal justice, in particular through restorative justice. By giving victims of crime a voice and helping offenders to reintegrate into the community we can protect vulnerable people and keep the island safe.’

Geraldine, who has extensive knowledge in probation and community service, plans to expand restorative justice in the island and develop stronger links with the Isle of Man Constabulary, Youth Justice Team, Department of Health and Social Care and Isle of Man Courts.

Restorative justice provides a way in which offenders can make amends for the harm they have caused and gives victims an effective means of explaining the distress they have suffered.

It has also been proven to reduce reoffending as individuals reflect on the impact of their behaviour.

The new appointment is part of the department’s drive to modernise the Isle of Man Prison and Probation service.

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