Strengthen risk management procedures

Currently, release and recall provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 only apply to service personnel sentenced to imprisonment, not members of the armed forces sentenced to service detention by the Courts Martial, leading to inconsistency in terms of statutory arrangements and standard operating procedures for managing re-offending. There is no post-release supervision or statutory engagement for higher-risk violent and/or sex offenders (other than sexual offenders’ registration (SOR) on release for those eligible).

This strand would explore the viability of extending probation supervision to members of the armed forces sentenced to service detention by the Courts Martial. The aim is parity between members of the armed forces and civilians both relating to management of risk of harm and resettlement opportunities. The overall aim is to reduce the number of veterans entering custody as a result of offending escalating.