Yorkshire projects fighting crime nominated for awards

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Three projects which help to cut crime in Yorkshire have been nominated for awards.

They are among the shortlisted entries for the Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Programmes Awards, which are aimed at encouraging public and government support for successful community sentences.

The Turnaround Café project has been nominated in the unpaid work category.

Two schemes nominated in the adults category are the Restorative Mentoring project and the Post Sentence Assessment project.

The winning schemes are to be announced next month when HRH The Princess Royal will present awards to outstanding entries in six categories: children and young people; adults; women; unpaid work; restorative justice; and education, training and employment.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “The Community Programmes Awards are a wonderful opportunity to champion the excellent work going on around the country to make our neighbourhoods safer.

“At a time when the government is trying to bring about a rehabilitation revolution which will undo all this good work and hand community safety to the security companies, we need to protect shining examples of what works. All evidence shows that high-quality community programmes are far more successful than prison sentences at turning people’s lives around and helping them to lead a crime-free life. They also come at a fraction of the cost.

“This year we have received nearly 100 nominations, the largest number to date. Well-resourced and well-structured programmes, such as these shortlisted projects, raise public protection, repay the damage done by crime and as result improve public confidence in community sentencing.”