Deferred prosecution scheme celebrates helping 100 clients in 12 months

A scheme run by City Hearts and Merseyside Police that aims to help first time offenders avoid prosecution is celebrating helping 100 clients in its first 12 months. The Merseyside Deferred Prosecution Scheme (MDPS) is a four-month-long ‘offender management programme’ that was created to help offenders avoid prosecution by addressing some of the underlying issues that led to them being …