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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 9, 2004: Minister Speaks to Probation Officers

Continued investment in the Probation Service should give rise to improvements in offender management, according to Home Office Prisons and Probation Minister Paul Goggins.

In a speech to probation union NAPO’s conference, he described further investment in probation as fundamental for ensuring effective supervision of offenders by the new National Offender Management Service (NOMS). New funding will bring the total number of probation staff to 21,000 and continues year-on-year increases in staff numbers.

According to Mr Goggins:

"This Government has invested heavily in the Probation Service – this year spending some £300 million more than in 1997, and increasing staff numbers by over 5,000 in the same period. This investment is set to continue with further recruitment of front line and support staff. By 2006 the workforce will have increased by fifty per cent. But I want to be unambiguous about our expectations for this new money. I want to see a return on this investment, through a reduction of reoffending and more effective management of the offender through prison and in the community. The Probation Service has a vital role to play in this goal as a key part of a single Offender Management Service."

However, Mr Goggins also noted that there would be no retreat from current policies, including contestability (seen by some as a euphemism for privatisation).

"… I want to be clear that we are pressing ahead with reform, including further improvements in performance, the introduction of contestability, closer work with prisons and more partnerships with the private and voluntary sectors. This will be vital if we are to successfully introduce the new sentences under the Criminal Justice Act."

"The ability to deliver high quality offender management, in collaboration with others, has been powerfully evident in the development of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements. While still relatively new, it is clear that the MAPPA represent a world-leading system for the management and supervision of dangerous offenders, and protects the public better than ever before. The ways of working that have been developed under MAPPA provide a blueprint for close co-operation between the Probation Service and other agencies, including the Prison Service and Police."

Mr Goggins' full speech to the NAPO confernence can be downloaded here.