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Protecting the public and reducing reoffending

The twin aims of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) are to protect the public and reduce reoffending, contributing towards the overall objectives of the Ministry of Justice. Protecting the public is our most important goal and will be achieved through a justice system that punishes and reforms offenders, while treating offenders lawfully and with decency.

Punishment and reform of offenders are fundamental to reducing crime and delivering justice. Reducing reoffending works for everyone:

  • It works for the law-abiding public because it makes our streets safer, preventing the next victim
  • It works for the taxpayer because fewer reoffenders means less pressure on criminal justice system resources
  • It works for offenders because they are able to repay their debt to society and change their ways.