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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

October 13, 2004: Probation Staff Raise Concerns

Napo general secretary Judy McKnight in her speech to the Napo conference, voiced the concerns of Napo members about the way in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has been introduced. She stated that:

“…the only business case that could be produced for NOMS is one that says that by bringing the Prison and Probation Services under a common umbrella, it provides a bigger market for the private sector to come in and make profits from the delivery of criminal justice.”

Ms McKnight stated that Napo would work jointly with the Prison Officers’ Association and other criminal justice system unions “to fight any, and every, attempt to privatise the delivery of justice.” Napo saw “no case, no rationale, to show that NOMS will improve service delivery, reduce re-offending rates or contribute towards reduced prison numbers” though Napo wanted to work with the Government on measures that truly addressed those objectives.

Ultimately, Napo’s view was that “… no case could possibly be made to establish a link between privatisation and improved service delivery”.

Noting that NOMS chief Martin Narey has sough to assure probation staff that contestability is not about privatisation, and that contestability has also led to some contracts coming back in house, Ms McKnight questioned the price of contestability:

"What price would we be expected to pay in terms of professional standards? In terms of the quality of training? What price is being paid already to the principles of diversity?"

While welcoming Mr Narey’s assurances on diversity and his promised action to ban the far right British National Party in NOMS, Ms McKnight noted that diversity as a commitment is not mentioned anywhere in the Carter's report which led to the creation of NOMS.

Ms McKnight also noted that in private prisons wages are 25 percent lower than those in their public sector counterpart.