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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 19, 2004: More Money for Probation

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Correctional Services Paul Goggins MP has announced that local Probation Areas will be awarded an extra £16.1m. The money will provide:

  1. an increase of 1 per cent to each of the 35 non-metropolitan probation areas, totalling £3.3m

  2. £3.5m for the seven metropolitan areas (including £1.3m for London)

  3. a further £2.3m to improve services in London (making a total of £3.6m or 3.9 per cent additional funding for London)

  4. £6m additional capital funding for investment in new buildings or the refurbishment of existing properties

  5. £1m to cover new revenue costs that the extra capital spending will entail

In addition, areas will receive funding to recruit 780 Trainee Probation Officers (TPOs) and 365 Probation Service Officers (PSOs), so that the Probation Service is equipped to deliver new community sentences that will be brought in as part of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduces a new sentencing framework and replaces current community and custodial penalties with the Community Sentence, Custody Plus, Custody Minus, and Intermittent Custody. It is anticipated that the current workload of the National Probation Service will rise from 205,000 offenders daily to approximately 245,000 when all the provisions are implemented.

The new National Offender Management Service (NOMS), which brings together the management of the Prison and Probation services, is critical to the successful delivery of the Act and more information about the changes is contained in the Government’s response to the Correctional Services Review, Reducing Crime, Changing Lives.

TPOs undertake a two-year degree course that combines academic and practice learning and leads to the award of the Diploma in Probation Studies and qualification at NVQ Level 4. PSOs operate at NVQ Level 3 and have a variety of in-service training courses to equip them to deliver services such as enhanced community punishment, accredited programmes and basic skills assessments. They also have the opportunity to study for the Certificate in Community Justice.