You might know it, but getting people to show up for their court dates could be problematic. Particularly for those who have to attend mental health court. The Department of Rehabilitation services is stepping in to get their clients to show up for their hearings at the mental health court.
Many of their clients have mental illnesses which can affect their compliance. The officers have now resorted to offering packed lunches for showing up to court to the probation officers going into the communities to visit their clients.
“Has enabled us to have our clients come to court regularly, not only have them come to court but also, enable them to successfully move through the court system, we see fewer clients coming back to court, coming back for newer offences because after they have left court, we’re still there,” said probation officer, Natasha Williams.
These believe these efforts have helped lower the rate of their clients reoffending.