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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

July 20, 2004: Probation's new Annual Report 2003/04

The National Probation Service (NPS) for England and Wales has just published its Annual Report for 2003/04. Key points include:  

A total of 13,136 offenders completed accredited programmes in 2003/04 (double the number in 2002/03).

 The number of Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs) increased from 6,000 to 9,000.

More than 50% fewer of those given a new order or licence dropped out of programmes in 2003/04 than in 2001/02. Reasons for dropout in 2003/04 were familiar; the most commonly stated reason was breach of order or licence revoked.

The national standard for victim contact work is that probation should offer face-to-face contact between the victim and a member of the probation service (or their agent) within 8 weeks of the offender being sentenced. The NPS target is to make initial contact within that timescale in 85% of eligible cases. This was exceeded in 2003/04 when 91% was achieved.

The year has seen greater use of electronic monitoring for both adult and juvenile offenders. The use of the Home Detention Curfew (HDC) to allow early release from custody has increased, with the maximum period on HDC extended from three months to four and a half months.

The electronic monitoring of a curfew is now part of the Intensive Control and Change Programme (ICCP), for 18 to 20 year olds which was introduced in April 2003 and which will be expanded to more areas of England and Wales.

Alongside ICCP, provision was made for a combination of community punishment and electronically monitored curfews for those with lower criminogenic needs than those in receipt of ICCP.

The year 2003/04 has seen major advances in the use of Offender Assessment System (OASys), the risk and needs assessment system for adult offenders developed jointly by probation and prisons. A year ago, most probation areas were using a paper version of OASys. All areas are now live on e-OASys. Electronic OASys allows information to be shared across an area. With the electronic system has come a greatly enhanced ability to evaluate data from all 42 probation areas. The electronic input of OASys information has permitted a much more sophisticated and timely analysis of probation work.