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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

September 29, 2004: Intermittent Custody - Here to Stay

Home Secretary David Blunkett has announced the expansion of the use of intermittent custody, which entails prisoners spending either weekends or weekdays in prison and the rest of the week in the community.

The new sentence aims to reduce re-offending by reducing the negative impact of short custodial sentences. It is aimed at offenders whose offences are sufficiently serious to warrant a prison sentence, but who do not present such a risk as to require immediate full-time custody. Under the terms of the sentence - introduced following the Criminal Justice Act 2003 - custody is served intermittently, for a number of days each week. Offenders will spend the remainder of the week under Probation Service supervision in the community, working, looking for employment or undertaking activities such as community work. The new sentence has been piloted since January 2004 in two purpose-built prison units in Lancashire and Lincolnshire.

Commenting on intermittent custody, Mr Blunkett states that it gave more prisoners the chance to stay in their community and their jobs while serving their sentence. He added:

"Already our early pilots show that offenders have been able to keep jobs and small businesses that would have been lost if a sentence of full-time custody had been imposed. It is also helping women offenders with young children by avoiding the break-up of families. At the same time intermittent custody can play a key role by punishing offenders whilst ensuring they undertake programmes to address their behaviour and make reparation to the community - thereby increasing the chance of avoiding a return to crime afterwards."

Those watching the progress of the new National Offender Management Service will be interested in the analysis of Home Office Minister for Correctional Services Paul Goggins:

"Intermittent Custody demonstrates the closer working of the Prison and Probation Services that will be increasingly in evidence over the coming months following the introduction of the National Offender Management Service."