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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

Probation: UK

Probation Trusts

Community Payback is essentially the replacement for Community Service, also more recently called Community Punishment. Courts are given the power to sentence offenders to undertake Community Payback. This work is unpaid and demanding.

Download the Correctional Services Review by Patrick Carter. This key document outlines radical reforms to correctional services unveiled by the Home Office in 2004.

HM Inspectorate of Probation is an independent Inspectorate which is funded by the Home Office and reports directly to the Home Secretary.

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is a single service which combines the work of correctional services in both prisons and probation. NOMS has been restructured as part of the reorganisation of the Ministry of Justice. This website remains live but is no longer updated. Up to date information about NOMS can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Napo is the trade union, professional association and campaign organisation for staff in the National Probation Service and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

NPRIE is a network of research, information and communications staff within NOMS.

The National Probation Service for England and Wales is a key UK statutory Criminal Justice Service. Established in April 2001, it comprises 42 Probation Services (matching police force area boundaries) together with the London-based National Probation Service.

The National Statistics Probation Page offers links to key probation statistics.

National Probation Service Performance Reports outline the extent to which local probation areas are delivering to targets and overall strategic objectives

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman investigates complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision. The Ombudsman is completely independent of both the Prison Service and the National Probation Service.

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland aims to integrate offenders in the community by effective assessment and supervision thereby reducing re-offending and contributing to public protection.

Probation 2000 provides the only full online catalogue of Probation Circulars. They also offer advice about self-assessment and the European Excellence Model. has a managerial focus, though there is material here for practitioners.

Crimlinks has a list of websites for each one of the individual Probation Trusts in England and Wales

Reducing Crime - Changing Lives outlines the Government's plans for transforming the management of offenders via the new National Offender Management Service (NOMS), a new body providing end-to-end management of all offenders.

Rethinking Crime and Punishment aims to raise the level of public debate about the use of prison and alternative forms of punishment in the UK, and to promote rational and effective policy to reduce crime.

Individual Probation Area websites for the National Probation Service in England and Wales: this page lists all area websites.

Probation: International

The American Correctional Association is a professional association for those who work in all disciplines, including probation, within the corrections field. It offers comprehensive access to resources in corrections.

The American Probation and Parole Association is an international association whose US and Canadian members work in probation, parole and community-based corrections in the adult and juvenile sectors.

The Conférence Permanente Européenne de la Probation includes statutory and voluntary organisations whose common concern is to protect society without resorting to the expense of prison.

The Correctional Service of Canada site has information on Canada's federal institutions for men, institutions for women, community correctional centres for offenders on conditional release, and parole offices.

The Orange County Probation Department in California supervises around 23,000 adult and juvenile offenders on court-ordered probation or in diversion programs. Volunteers play a key important role in helping the Probation Department. This website has a wealth of background information.

Probation And Community Corrections Officers' Association Inc (PACCOA) is an Australian association that represents the professional interests and aspirations of people working in the field of community based offender management.

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service's English language website outlines the Service's main tasks: to implement prison sentences and probation, to be supervise conditionally released persons, to implement community sentences and prepare pre-sentence reports.

The Wisconsin Division of Community Corrections supervises people on parole, extended supervision or probation. The supervision aims to strengthen the family unit, encourage lawful behaviour, and provide local treatment programmes.