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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

July 2, 2005: NOMS Chief Exec's Sudden Resignation

In a surprise move, Martin Narey, chief executive of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), is resigning to join children's charity Barnardo's.

In November 2004, Mr Narey had emphasised that he would remain in post at NOMS, though there had been some media speculation about the continuing problems at the body which has merged the prison and probation services. Criticism has focused on the lack of consultation on the merger, and some have argued that it a vehicle for privatisation (“contestability”).

Mr Narey, who was strongly identified with - and a key architect of - the merger, was appointed NOMS chief exec in January 2004, prior to the commencement of NOMS five months later.

Mr Narey joined HM Prison Service in 1982, where he worked as an assistant Governor, first in a young offenders' institution and then in a top security prison. In 1989 he moved Prison Service Headquarters and in 1990 to the central Home Office. He returned to the Prison Service in 1997, and was appointed Director General in December 1998.

In February 2003, he ceased to be Prison Service Director General and as a Permanent Secretary he was appointed as the first Commissioner for Correctional Services in England and Wales, with responsibility for Prison and Probation Services, oversight of the Youth Justice Board, and policy responsibility within the Home Office for correctional, rehabilitation and sentencing issues.

On January 6, 2004 the Home Secretary announced that Mr Narey would become the first Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service, integrating prisons and probation into a single Service.

Prison Reform Trust Director Juliet Lyon commented that Mr Narey's departure would leave a vacuum:

“... but it also presents the new Ministerial team at the Home office with an important opportunity to review the development of the National Offender Management Service and bring it into line with Government policy on social inclusion and the commitment to reserve prison for serious and violent offenders. With prison numbers hitting an all time record... it’s time for Government to take a grip and require departments other than the Home Office to respond to the health and social care needs of the drug addicts, homeless, jobless and mentally ill people who otherwise end up in our overcrowded jails.”

Following the announcement of Martin Narey’s resignation, Home Secretary Charles Clarke said:

"During my time at the Home Office I have been impressed by Martin's vision, drive and leadership qualities which have led to significant improvements in the way we manage offenders. He has made real progress in taking forward the recommendations in Patrick Carter's report on correctional services reform through the creation of the National Offender Management Service and he has set down solid foundations for the Government to build on in our work to reduce reoffending."

Home Office Permanent Secretary Sir John Gieve said:

"Under his leadership the Prison Service transformed its performance on health, education and drug treatment while achieving an excellent record on security. He was an inspiring champion of diversity, decency, and respect throughout the service; a mission he has continued recently as the champion of diversity on the Civil Service Management Board. As the first Chief Executive of NOMS he has brought the prison and probation services together and built the foundations of a single system which manages offenders from court to resettlement and focuses on reducing reoffending."