Justice Minister Launches J-ARC Initiative

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has launched a new crime initiative targeting repeat offenders and aiming to reduce crime.

The Joint Agency Response to Crime (J-ARC) is an inter-agency response combining the Probation Service, Irish Prison Service, and the Garda Síochána working in collaboration with statutory, community and voluntary partners.

It aims to use this multi-agency approach to manage crime, prioritise prolific offenders and to develop 'specific initiatives' to address their behaviour, therefore reducing crime.

Launching the J-ARC, Minister Fitzgerald said: "While it is well known that I am particularly committed to strengthening support for the victims of crime, as Minister for Justice and Equality, I would also like to oversee a system which aims to reduce the number of victims by a reduction in offending.

"The launch of J-ARC today is an endorsement of the work done by criminal justice agencies and community organisations together in challenging offending behaviour which has at its centre the needs of victims to feel safer in their communities."


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