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    Default North Liverpool Community Justice Centre (NLCJC)

    Centre gives out 'speedy justice'


    Judge David Fletcher presides over the court

    A government project designed to combat anti-social behaviour is "exceeding targets" a new report says.


    The North Liverpool Community Justice Centre (NLCJC) has been dealing with cases almost six times faster than the national average.

    But the survey, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, also said that the public had a "drop in confidence" in the system since the court began.

    Eleven community justice projects are being developed across the UK.


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    The £4.2m centre was opened two years ago, based on a similar model in New York.

    Key features of the community justice centre include a hands-on approach by judges who see the same offenders regularly to check on compliance with punishments or orders.

    A survey found 64% of local people said they lacked confidence in the criminal justice system since the court began, compared to 62% before it started.

    Re-offender rates

    But the report said the way the centre was reported in the media could be to blame for this shift in perception and the centre may have actually prevented a sharper decline in the north Liverpool area.

    It is thought that re-offending rates of criminals through its court will be examined in 2008, but that indications from staff and individual case studies showed some crime reduction.

    The time taken from first hearing to sentence is 26 days on average at the NLCJC compared with a national average of 147 days, and a national target of 112 days.

    Eleven other community justice projects are currently being developed for Bradford, Devon and Cornwall, Hull, Leicestershire, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Nottingham and in three areas of London.

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    Any comments from our brothers and sisters in the North end? Has it made a positive impact on the area? Are the justice centres a good/ bad thing?
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    A PIONEERING £3m fast-track “justice centre” in north Liverpool has failed to improve the crime-racked community, local people believe. Read
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    As a resident of the area, in my opinion the centre has had no affect on the area. It is as bad if not worse than ever. The police patrol infrequently in their cars and vans. However I have not seen a beat bobby for years. We are not that far from St. Anne Street yet we seem to have been forgotten. A couple of months ago I witnessed a police officer sitting in his patrol car searching one of the local youths. He did this by winding down his window and patting down the youth. As he was sitting down he only managed to search the top half of the boy, if he had a couple of guns tucked into his socks he was in no danger of being found out. Stolen cars are more regular visitors than the police and motor bikes regularly do circuits of the local streets until the early hours. All in, a wonderful place to live.

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    Fewer people would now be prepared to act as a witness, mainly because of fear of retaliation by offenders and because "it would make no difference".

    This is the d-amning sentence really. If those prosecuted weren't just slapped on the wrist (no fear of prison because they're all full of course) and let back out on the streets within hours to initiate their restribution, maybe things would change. A better system would be police actually catching these criminals or racing to a situation if the police station or crimestoppers were called instead of relying on frightened witnesses who then have to continue living in the area with the thugs and their families who then label them a grass and worse.
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