Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Department of Justice and Equality
134. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of offenders who will participate in the joint strategy for the management of offenders initiative recently extended to Dundalk, Limerick city and Waterford city; her plans to include offenders in County Louth not domiciled in Dundalk; if offenders from the District Courts and Circuit Courts will be included; the budget for the programme; the number of persons who will be employed on this scheme by location; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27476/16]
I can advise the Deputy that the Joint Agency Response to Crime (J-ARC), which forms part of the Joint Strategy on the Management of Offenders, is an inter-agency response to the management and rehabilitation of offenders involving the Probation Service, the Prison Service and An Garda Síochána, working in collaboration to target certain prolific offenders so as to address their behaviour and reduce crime, thereby increasing community safety. I understand that it is intended that initially ten offenders will be included on the scheme in each of these areas of Dundalk, Limerick City and Waterford city. Decisions in relation to selection and inclusion on each of the schemes will be managed by the local operational cross agency team. I further understand the scheme will be operated from within existing overall resources on the part of each of the agencies involved.