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Tagged In:  Probation

It’s been just over eight months since the introduction of compulsory supervision for all those released from short terms prison sentence, and eight providers took ownership of and began running Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). 

We’re encouraging then, to hear about some of the Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) positive outcomes to date in an address by Andrew Selous MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons, Probation, Rehabilitation and Sentencing, at the 15th annual Criminal Justice Management Conference

Posing the question ‘how is the new probation looking?’, Selous said “it is encouraging , given the scale of change that the probation service has gone through, that based on the wide range of information we published last November, and in July this year, performance is broadly consistent with pre-transition levels”.

Recognising that probation staff are working hard to implement the reforms, Selous noted the number of innovative approaches being implemented across the country. For all eight providers, this includes the streamlining of back office functions, installation of modern ICT and the introduction of new management styles. 

‘Through the Gate’ services are also fully operational across all CRC areas and although there are regional variances, there are high expectations being placed on employment and accommodation brokerage, alongside tailored finance and debt advice. 

This, coupled with the large-scale reallocation of prisoners with the establishment of 89 resettlement prisons, aims to secure better outcomes for those released from short term sentences.

This will only work though, if in Selous’ words there is “a renewed focus on making prisons places of rehabilitation”. He also talked about the Justice Secretary’s plans to make governors more autonomous, and with that, accountable. This is likely to mean more financial freedom and control over what is taught in prisons. 

We’re also glad to hear, as those we recruit into substance misuse roles will be, that as Selous says “psycho-active substances are a major cause for concern”. We just hope that this translates into more support for offenders with addiction issues rather than just trying to prevent the entry of the soon to be illegal substances. 

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