The C2 Programme is supported by all partner agencies in the criminal justice system.
Working closely with the Hertfordshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), our officers identify suitable candidates, who must demonstrate their desire to rehabilitate by admitting all past offences. They are then assessed by the Probation Service.
Ultimately, the courts decide and, if suitable, their sentence is deferred for up to six months whilst they undertake an extensive rehabilitation regime that may include drug treatment, life skills training, education and employment.
Who is the C2 Programme aimed at?
It is aimed at the county’s most prolific offenders, who have committed a large number of criminal offences and possibly have some form of addiction that has driven the offending.
The offenders must be over 18. It is not aimed at people who have committed violent offences.
Many offenders have voluntarily sought the programme's help despite the fact that they have to admit their offending and face the risk of custodial sentences. For them, the offer of practical help is what they know they need to enable them to change.
What happens on the programme?
It is not an easy option and the offenders spend their days attending drug treatment, undertaking; motivational work, drug tests, supervision with probation officers and unpaid work. There is also a strong emphasis on education and training.
Sentences handed down to the C2 candidates will be deferred for a period a set by the courts. They must deal with any addicition and not offend for a period of up to three years. If they do, they will be re-sentenced.
The use of GPS enabled trackers was introduced to the C2 Programme in 2011. Being able to track offenders 24/7 means offenders can be eliminated from enquiries into other crimes. It also has a direct impact on their motivation not to re-offend.
The willingness of an offender to be tracked is in itself an indicator of their motivation to change.
Although used in this context for rehabilitative purposes, it is recognised that some offenders will be unable to maintain their desistance and will offend. Quickly identifying such offending is important to prevent further crime.