Improving Our Criminal Justice System; Supporting Victims & Giving them a Voice

The APCC works with PCCs to support their critical role in the criminal justice system. This includes responsibility for commissioning services for victims of crime and ensuring that their needs are met. Additionally, PCCs are responsible for ensuring the local criminal justice system (including probation, prisons and courts) are efficient and effective and play a leading role in local Criminal Justice Boards working with a range of partners as a ‘whole system’ delivering justice and improving outcomes for victims.

Our priorities for victims and the criminal justice system are

  • To work with partners to develop the role of PCCs in the criminal justice system, enabling then to join up local CJS services more effectively, to reduce offending and to improve outcomes for victims.
  • To support PCCs in their role as commissioners of local services for victims and ensure that the needs, experiences, and voice of victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system and local and national developments.

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PORTFOLIO LEADS

The APCC’s work on the criminal justice system and supporting victims of crime is developed through two policy portfolios:

Victims

Leading our work to support victims’ services and to ensure that victims needs are at the heart of national debate and policy on policing and criminal justice.

Joint Lead: Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for London

Joint Lead: Donna Jones, PCC Hampshire

 

Criminal Justice System

Leading our work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and to support PCCs to join up services locally.

Lead: David Lloyd, PCC Hertfordshire

Deputy: Emily Spurrell, PCC Merseyside

Modern Slavery

The APCC has formed links with the Modern Slavery Network to protect vulnerable people from exploitation and harm.

Joint Lead: Jeff Cuthbert, PCC Gwent

Joint Lead: Rupert Matthews, PCC Leicestershire

CONTACTS IN THE APCC TEAM

Ella Thomas - Senior Policy Manager

Ella leads on Victims and the Criminal Justice System

Email

Modern Slavery (TBC)

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Resources and Publications

putting-victims-first-in-focus-pdf-final.pdf, 14.36Mb
pccs-making-a-difference-vawg-in-focus.pdf, 2.47Mb

Videos

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for Victims

An update from Donna following her VAWG presentation at the APCC General Meeting.
15/10/2021

David Lloyd, APCC Lead for Criminal Justice

David Lloyd is the APCC Lead for Criminal Justice and PCC for Hertfordshire.
15/10/2021

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Victims Lead

Donna Jones, APCC Joint Lead for Victims & PCC for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
25/08/2021