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Crime Commissioner to meet criminal justice partners to discuss Probation Service shake-up

Criminal Justice Partners are set to hold talks tomorrow (June 6) to discuss the future of probation in Nottinghamshire following the Government’s decision to privatise most of the service.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will meet with representatives from the Probation Trust, private sector organisations and the voluntary sector to look at the options available to manage offenders being discharged from prison.

Last month, Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, revealed that 70% of the ProbationService is to be contracted out to the private sector in an effort to deliver greater reductions in re-offending rates and improve efficiency. This means all services relating to the management of low and medium risk offenders as well as unpaid work and work with victims - will fall to the private or voluntary sector. Such organisations will be paid according to the results they achieve to reduce re-offending.

Commissioner Tipping said: “The changes being proposed will radically change the way offenders are rehabilitated in Nottinghamshire and it’s vital we take the right approach to ensure public safety is protected and offenders continue to be diverted away from the offending cycle.


“The importance of this meeting and those that follow is to gather all interested parties together to identify a system of supervision which provides local solutions to localised problems. Any new arrangements must be in the best interests of the public and all those who work in criminal justice in Nottinghamshire to reduce crime.” 


Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2013
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