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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

August 31, 2005: New Probation Statistics

New quarterly probation statistics have just been published by the Home Office. The statistics are provisional, pending publication of the annual Offender Management Caseload Statistics. (The most recent annual volume, for 2003, was published in December 2004). Key points from the new statistics include:

  • The Probation Service was supervising 128,080 people under a court order at the end of December 2004, 6% more than at the end of 2003.
  • Community Rehabilitation Orders (CROs) accounted for half of all court order supervision, Community Punishment Orders (CPOs) 31% and Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Orders (CPROs) 15%.
  • 36,320 people started community sentences in England and Wales in the fourth quarter of 2004, 4% more than in the fourth quarter of 2003.
  • The number of Pre Sentence reports (PSRs) written by Probation in the fourth quarter of 2004 (48,810) fell by 2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2003 (49,570).
  • The number of Specific Sentence Reports (SSRs), however, increased by 3% over the same period.
  • 13% those commencing community sentences in the fourth quarter of 2004 were from a minority ethnic group. (14% of British Nationals received into prison during this period under an immediate custodial sentence were from a minority ethnic group.)
  • On 31st December 2004, 83,410 people were under Probation supervision either before or after being released from prison, 4% more than one year earlier.
  • In total the Probation Service was supervising 209,470 people at 31st December 2004.
  • 11,920 people breached a community sentence in the fourth quarter of 2004.