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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 22, 2005: Probation Pilot for Compulsory Unpaid Work

The National Probation Service has launched a series of projects as part of the Government’s drive to make Compulsory Unpaid Work more visible, and to promote greater engagement with local communities. The pilot schemes will operate in London, Liverpool, Durham, Hampshire, Suffolk and Kent. The projects are designed to encourage local communities to help identify suitable projects for offenders taking part in compulsory unpaid work schemes and to highlight the positive effect that this work can have on the local neighbourhood.

As part of the efforts to make compulsory unpaid work more visible, the pilot schemes will be branding the work being done with the new “community payback” logo, and completed projects will be marked with special plaques. The lessons  learnt from these pilot schemes will be used to establish a consistent approach that will be rolled out across the country later this year.

Baroness Scotland, Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management, commented:

“It is very important that the public can be confident in the criminal justice system. Tough community sentences which are properly enforced are a robust alternative to short term prison sentences, and can be a more effective way of addressing offending behaviour and helping offenders to live valuable, crime-free lives."

“Each year, offenders carry out more than 5 million hours of work. This is a valuable resource that performs an important service to local communities around the country. However, we want these communities to play a greater role in identifying the most appropriate projects for offenders to work on. I am very confident that initiatives such as these will provide an opportunity for offenders to make amends for their behaviour in the communities that have suffered most from their crimes, and will also help us to tackle crime and reduce re-offending.”