PCC launches Fund for Criminal Justice with money seized from Criminals
A fund to improve the criminal justice system in Hertfordshire has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

The Criminal Justice Innovation Fund will use cash seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Act (POCA) to make improvements for those who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

It will fund projects that support victims, reduce offending and prevent people being drawn into criminal activity.

David Lloyd, the Hertfordshire PCC and chair of the Herts Criminal Justice Board, said:

“This fund will support innovative ideas which help victims and ensures Hertfordshire’s criminal justice system works well for everybody.

“I’m particularly interested in developing ideas which are in the early stages or have worked well elsewhere and have the potential to do the same for Hertfordshire

“We have received some really interesting applications from organisations, such as; a community housing association looking to help offenders find suitable accommodation through a Rent Deposit Scheme; a gambling charity seeking to provide targeted solutions to reduce gambling related harm; and analysis of Out of Court Disposal data to assist in delivering diversionary activities.”

The fund is worth £150,000 and is open to public and private organisations, criminal justice and community safety partners working in collaboration with the voluntary and community sector.

More details can be found on the PCC website - http://www.hertscommissioner.org/cj-innovation-fund