E-CINS helps IOM teams manage prolific and other priority offenders (PPO) who are part of the Integrated Offender Management Programme. By providing a multi-agency platform where the police, probation, prisons and their partners can securely share information E-CINS is enabling the IOM vision of support continuing whilst a person is in prison and not for it to end at the gate only to be picked up again when they come out.
Prisons regularly update E-CINS of any significant events during the sentence of an offender and also to case manage the offender half of any Restorative Justice processes.
The position prior to the use of E-CINS was that IOM teams would know very little about an offender's sentence and would often not be aware of significant developments that could contribute towards a motivation to engage during and post sentence and also to determine risk posed as they near release.
E- CINS has completely revolutionised the way IOM teams operate within prisons. They are now involved in the joint management of those individuals and routinely share information amongst partnerships to more effectively manage sentences.
There is a dimension to an offender’s life that had always been missing once they cross the threshold of a prison but with the support of E-CINS it is possible to easily and effectively share information and priorities around ensuring the right support and the right interventions are sequenced properly to enable the best possible outcome for the offender.
Restorative Justice is about bringing victims and offenders into communication, to discuss the impact the crime has had on the parties involved and ultimately to put the victim at the heart of the justice process. It aims to give them a voice in a system which they can often be marginalised from.
It makes a difference because it increases understanding between parties, it allows the offender to take responsibility for their actions and allows the victim to put a face to the crime and hopefully gain some closure.
E-CINS ease of use allows RJ practitioners a secure way of managing communications with a range of individuals and agencies, receiving referrals and keeping partners updated about case progress. This time saving gives practitioners more time to be spent focused on service delivery.
“This tool has the advantage of bringing together work on outcomes with work on value for money. It offers another way of demonstrating accountability for resources invested in services to achieve outcomes by making an explicit link between resources committed and outcome improvements gained.”
Sergeant Martin SteventonStaffordshire 180 IOM
“ The type of information sharing [provided by E-CINS] allows us to anticipate an offenders likely behaviour in custody and also enables our Offender Supervisors to identify programmes and courses that need to be undertaken in custody which are designed to lower an offenders
risk of re-offending"
Richard Bell and Senior Officer John WoodHMP Stafford’s Resettlement Officers
“Being a new project a referral system needed to be devised that was straightforward, cost effective and efficient to use, in being all of those things E-CINS has proved invaluable to the NJP project.”