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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

June 1, 2004: National Offender Management Service: It's Official

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) was officially established today (1 June, 2004). Surprisingly, particularly in view of the scale of the new service, this date almost escaped media notice - the only mainstream press comments being short pieces in the Independent and the Scotsman.

NOMS, headed by Chief Executive Martin Narey, will be a single service, with around 65,000 public sector staff and an initial budget of £3.2 billion. The government states that NOMS’s central purpose is the reduction of re-offending through more consistent and effective offender management. The Carter review of correctional service in January 2004 stated that if government failed to act to rebalance the system we would, by the end of the decade, have 93,000 people in prison and 300,000 on community sentences. The government believes that by rebalancing the system the prison population can be held at around 80,000.

According to Home Office Prisons and Probation minister Paul Goggins, NOMS:

“provides a once in a generation opportunity to revolutionise the way we treat offenders and challenge offending behaviour.”

Probation staff union NAPO disagrees. It takes the view that:

“NOMS is not about merging the prison and probation services; nor about creating a new streamlined single employing body, to oversee the management of offenders. NOMS is actually about increasing the number of employers involved in offender management. It is about pitting these employers - public, private and voluntary sector - against each other, in a competitive framework dubbed "contestability", in order to drive down costs.” (NAPO NOMS campaign bulletin no. 9)