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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

March 1 2006: Probation Inspectorate's Report Shows "Mismanagement" of Risk

The report into the murder of John Monckton was published yesterday by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke had commissioned the report on 19 December 2005 when he ordered an urgent investigation into the events surrounding the murder. Damien Hanson and Elliot White were convicted of killing Mr Monckton and the attempted murder of his wife in December 2005. Both Hanson and White were under Probation Service supervision of the  at the time the crimes were committed in November 2004.

The Probation Inspectorate report identifies many serious deficiencies in the way in which the cases of Hanson and White were managed and identifies the lessons to be learned for all the authorities involved. HM Chief Inspector of Probation Andrew Bridges said:

"While it is not possible to eliminate risk altogether when managing an offender in the community, the public is entitled to expect the authorities to do their job properly in managing serious and dangerous offenders - which simply did not happen in the cases of Hanson and White."

"It would be wrong to suggest that the mismanagement of these two cases reflects a poor standard that is currently widespread among probation staff. Nevertheless, our report is clear that the mismanagement of these cases did fail to reduce the risk posed to the public by these two men."

"While no one can ever truly know whether Mr Monckton would still be alive today if Hanson and White had been managed properly, we owe it to his family and friends, other victims of crime and the public generally to ensure that lessons are learned from this dreadful chain of events. As such, our report outlines five recommendations and sets out the lessons to be learned in a Conclusion entitled 'From offender mismanagement to Offender Management'. Its contents are designed to eradicate the failures we found and improve practice to ensure that the mistakes made in these cases are not repeated."

The full report is available for download from HM Inspectorate of Probation.

According to London Probation chief officer David Scott:

"We accept the report's findings in their entirety and are determined to learn everything we can from them to make London as safe as possible.We owe that to Mrs Monckton and her family who have suffered from such an appalling crime, and to all the people of London.

"The report's findings and recommendations will strengthen and support the root and branch overhaul already underway.We have learned many lessons and have taken action across the board to improve the assessment and management of offenders and every aspect of our enforcement work.

"We have recruited 500 new staff during 2005-06 and have secured additional funding to recruit over 200 new probation officers during 2006-07.These extra staff will help implement the report's recommendations.

"The report acknowledges the action we have taken to turn around our performance and make London one of the fastest improving probation areas in the country."