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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

December 10, 2004: New Offender Management Figures

New figures just published illuminate the nature and scale of the probation and prison caseload in England and Wales. The Home Office figures offer real insight into the collective task of offender management. Key points in ‘Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2003’ include:

  • A total of 244,490 pre-sentence reports and specific sentence reports were prepared by the National Probation Service in 2003. While this was 3 percent down on the total written in 2002, it was 18 percent more than the total in 1993.
  • The number of offenders being supervised by probation Service on a community sentence rose by 37 percent between 19935 and 2003 to reach 119,890 in December 2003.
  • A total of 130,190 people commenced community sentences under supervision of probation staff in 2003. This was 30 percent higher than the 1993 total.
  • Those commencing Community Rehabilitation Orders (previously known as Probation Orders) made up the largest number of community sentence commencements in 2003 (46 percent of the total number of community sentences).
  • Those commencing Community Punishment Orders (previously known as Community Service Orders) were the second largest group, making up 40 percent of the total.
  • The total number of those on Probation Service supervision at 31st December 2003 was 195,940 (2 percent higher than 2002).
  • The number of those on community sentences increased by 3 per cent, whilst those under pre- or post-release supervision increased by 1 percent.
  • Reconviction rates within two years of commencing a community sentence in the first quarter of 2001 were higher for males (61 percent) than females (50 percent), and also for offenders with one or more previous convictions (67 percent) than for first time offenders (32 percent).
  • The criminal history of adult prisoners in 2002 varied substantially by gender. 37 percent of all adult female offenders had no previous convictions, more than double the figure for their male counterparts (15 percent).
  • 21,220 offenders were released from prison on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) in 2003, and a total of 2,720 (13 percent) were recalled to prison.
  • Reconviction rates for prisoners discharged from prison varied considerably by type of offence; 2 year reconviction rates were highest for offenders originally sentenced for theft (79 percent).

These provide a snapshot of the wealth of detailed information included in this report, which can be downloaded in full here.