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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

December 16, 2005: Latest Probation Figures Published

The new Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2004 for England and Wales published by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate provide an authoritative picture of the scale and nature of probation intervention for last year. The total number of people under Probation Service supervision at 31st December 2004 was 209,460 -  5% more than in 2003.

In 2004, 177,390 people started Probation Service supervision; this was 1% up on 2003, and 16% higher than in 1994. This total includes 135,300 under community sentences and 48,500 under pre or post release supervision.

The number of women offenders commencing community sentence supervision rose by 47% in the period 1994-2004. The number of male offenders rose by 17% during the same period.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those starting Community Rehabilitation Orders (CROs) represented the largest number of community sentence commencements in 2004 at 59,490 (44% of the total); Community Punishment Orders (CPOs) were the second largest group, at 55,430 (41% of the total).

Summary motoring offences was the largest offence group for males starting CROs, CPOs and Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Orders (CPROs), accounting for 26%, 28% and 32% respectively of commencements.

Theft and handling was the largest offence group for females starting these orders, accounting for 34%, 21% and 23% of commencements. Theft and handling was the largest offence group for both males and females starting Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs) , accounting for 48% of male and 65% of female commencements.

During the period October to December 2004, 13% of all those starting Probation Service supervision were from a minority ethnic group (13% of males and 10% of females).

Of all offenders sentenced to a community sentence in the first quarter of 2002, a fifth were known to have no previous convictions for a standard list Offence.

The majority of terminations of all court orders (excluding DTTOs) were for positive reasons. Sixty five per cent of CROs, 66 per cent of CPOs, 58% cent of CPROs, and 32% of DTTOs were terminated for positive reasons.

‘Unadjusted’ reconviction rates are also reported. At a time when the effectiveness of probation intervention is of political importance, the reconviction figures offer some evidence of effectiveness It is specifically noted in the figures that unadjusted rates cannot be used to either assess effectiveness or changes in effectiveness over time, or to compare the effectiveness of prison with probation or other sentences. Nevertheless, it is stated that:

"...unadjusted rates provide useful descriptive statistics on the behaviour of offenders supervised by the probation service."

Of all offenders commencing community sentences in the first quarter of 2001, 59% were reconvicted within two years.

The rate of reconviction within two years of commencing the order was higher for male offenders ( at 61%) than for female offenders (at 50%) and also for offenders with one or more previous convictions (67%) than for first time offenders (32%).

Male offenders aged under 18 years were also more likely to be reconvicted than their older counterparts.