Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has reacted to the proposals to privatise much of the probation service in plans announced by the Government yesterday (9 May).
The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, has revealed that after 106 years the Probation Service in England and Wales is to come to an end.
The Ministry intends, despite evidence put forward by the Service of its successful track record, that 70% of the Probation Service will be contracted out to the private sector on the grounds that it has failed to deliver sufficient reductions in reoffending. All work with low and medium risk offenders will go to the private or voluntary sector and, in addition, unpaid work programmes and work with victims will also be privatised.
Commissioner Tipping said: “I’ve had a number of discussions with local partners about the need to find an appropriate and supportive solution to prisoners being discharged from prison. I’m now urgently setting up a meeting to look into our options with the Probation Trust, private sector organisations and the voluntary sector.
“It’s clear that the Government’s proposals will lead to big private sector companies running probation services in Nottinghamshire and I’m not sure about their expertise in this area – particularly as payment will be on a results basis.
“This is why I want to find a more appropriate local solution and I’m keen to identify the best way forward for all concerned as soon as possible. It is a pivotal element of my plans to reduce crime to find innovative and sustainable ways to support people out of the reoffending cycle and I am hopeful that we can build on the work and experience of the Trust in the future.”
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Posted on Friday 10th May 2013