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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

October 20, 2005: Privatising Probation: Napo's Response

Commenting today on the publication of the Home Office’s consultation paper on the Management of Offenders, Harry Fletcher, Assistant General Secretary of probation union Napo said:

“It is now abundantly clear that the Government intends to push ahead with the privatisation of the Probation Service. This agenda was apparent last week in leaked correspondence between the Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister. It is extraordinary that these proposals are being pursued when no business case has been published to justify either the creation of the National Offender Management Service or of the introduction of privatisation. In Napo’s view fragmentation and privatisation will drive down standards, cut wages and lead to less cooperation, not more, between criminal justice agencies. Probation is not a business but a viable public service”.

“It is astonishing that these plans are being pursued when the Probation Service is performing at record levels. The Home Office itself has praised the service’s contribution and progress over the last two years. It is frightening to think that private companies may in the future be providing reports for the courts, knowing that they have a vested interest in boosting jail numbers in the prisons that they own. Napo will be resisting these proposals. Privatisation will wreck the Probation Service and lead to a marked deterioration in standards of supervision and a greater risk to the community. Napo will be organising the lobbying of MPs in the coming weeks and will not rule out industrial action if the Government insists on proceeding down the market forces road.”