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Those who commit crime are likely to have psychological (or other) problems. Once they are apprehended, it is in society's interests that their problems are addressed to stop them reoffending.

One proven effective way of doing this is through Restorative Justice.

UNSPLASH - Criminal behind barsLiberal Democrats are proud of their achievements in Government with the 2012 amendment to the Crime and Courts Act, which brought in the right to restorative justice.

Restorative Justice gives victims the chance to confront criminals face to face with the very real consequences of their crimes. Not only does it make criminals address their crimes, but it also makes them face those who have been the victims of their crime. Criminals are made to appreciate that crime is not "victimless" and victims are able to find some closure through confronting their tormentor.

Restorative justice as part of a program which addresses such problems has been proven to reduce reoffending rates by 27%.

As PCC I will work to introduce a program of Restorative Justice in Kent, to help bring down reoffending rates all across the county.

Some criminals are simply opportunists out for a quick buck. But others are driven by other urges that - if addressed early - can prevent serious crime. I would work to ensure that Kent's local police and crime plan supports projects that have proven success at reducing crime with such criminals.