36,000 offenders caught in year

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MORE than 36,000 offenders were brought to justice, more than £6 million was paid in fines and more than £1.1 million was confiscated from criminals in South Yorkshire in the last financial year, according to new figures.

The South Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board statistics, from April 2010 and March 2011, also reveal 1,500 first-time offenders aged between 10 and 90 were dealt with under the ‘Restorative Justice’ system, where offenders are dealt with in the community with the consent of their victims instead of going to court to avoid them ending up with criminal records.

Another 1,932 offenders who failed to turn up for court cases were tracked down and taken to court to face the consequences of their actions.

The figures were released in CJB’s annual report, which also revealed there were 27,940 fewer crimes reported over the financial year compared to two years earlier.

Local Criminal Justice Boards were established in 2003 with the aim of organisations improving communication, co-operation and collaboration and to share resources to deliver criminal justice.

South Yorkshire’s is made up of South Yorkshire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, South Yorkshire Probation Trust, Youth Offending Services, prisons, the Legal Services Commission and Victim Support.

CJB chairman Assistant Chief Constable Max Sahota said: “I am extremely pleased with the contribution the board has made to CJS performance.

“And by the more joined up approach we have adopted.

“The relations we have now developed will help us meet the significant challenges ahead where we will all be operating with less money.”