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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

May 15, 2004: Vision for the National Offender Management Service

Martin Narey, Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), has outlined his vision for NOMS. Within five years, he wants to see a Service which:

  1. Enjoys the confidence of Ministers, sentencers, offenders and the public at large
  2. Engages with sentencers locally and nationally, and provides them with professional, appropriate and timely advice both in individual cases, and on the impact and outcomes of their collective sentencing decisions
  3. Provides genuine end to end management of offenders, whether in custody or the community, which appropriately balances the need for punishment and the protection of the public with helping offenders to address the causes of their offending
  4. Working with partners in other agencies, and service providers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, offers sentencers and offenders a coherent and comprehensive range of support and interventions designed to reduce reoffending
  5. Harnesses the commissioning role of Regional Offender Managers in ways which rewards success, encourages innovation, improves choice and delivers the best possible service for the budget we are given
  6. Demonstrably reduces reoffending and crime
  7. Is confident and has a genuinely diverse workforce at all levels which is proud to work within NOMS

Narey believes that NOMS “will see a significant expansion of community penalties that… will persuade sentencers to use custody less frequently”. In his view:

“The biggest and most important change with NOMS however will be the transition of Probation Officers into Offender Managers, managing offenders under community penalties but also, for the first time, having a significant influence on what happens to an offender in prison.”

While prison governors will continue to be entirely accountable for the running of their prisons, Narey expects the Offender Manager to be consulted in deciding which prisoners are, for example, put on offender behaviour programmes.