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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: New Funding for Probation and Prisons

Home Secretary David Blunkett has announced new funding for prisons and probation in England and Wales. The new funding is part of an 8.4% increase - around £320 million - in spending on the Prison and Probation Services next year.

This sum adds to the significant funds already committed to prison and probation. It includes the recruitment of 1650 frontline staff and 150 support staff - to be recruited across all 42 probation areas over the next two years. It will bring the total number of probation staff to 21,000, and continues the year-on-year increases in new probation staff.

According to the Home Office, the aim is to ensure that “both custody and community punishments are modern and can address the needs of society and offenders by reducing re-offending and cutting crime”.

The Home Secretary outlined the policy thus:

"Providing modern and effective prisons is central to this Government's objective of reducing re-offending, protecting the public and sending the right signal to those for whom punishment in the community has failed to redeem their behaviour. I am committed to increasing places in prisons and probation to ensure that there is a prison place for all those serious and persistent offenders who need it and an effective community alternative for less serious offenders."

Although England and Wales already have proportionally the greatest number of prisoners per head of population in Western Europe, the current plan is to further increase prison capacity, taking the number of new prison places to over three-and-a-half thousand. Mr Blunkett stated that around £100 million of money in 2005-06 will pay for the start of a programme creating 1,300 new prison places. This is in addition to 2,400 new places due to be added to capacity over the next 18 months from the existing expansion programme.