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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 6, 2007: Napo On The Carter Report

Probation union Napo does not agree that England and Wales is progressing towards American-style imprisonment, warehousing large numbers of prisoners, following the publication of the latest Carter Report on Prison Efficiency.

Commenting on latest Carter Report, Harry Fletcher of probation union Napo said:

"The report signals clearly that the UK will not go down the US road of a huge increase in incarceration. To have done so would have meant the prison population would have more than doubled and jail would be used, in effect, as a sentence of first resort.”

“The Carter reforms will involve greater use of community penalties, greater balance in sentencing, and in the long-term more efficient use of the prison estate for men and women. However, there are huge resource implications for Probation, Prisons and health support services. Currently the Ministry of Justice is having to implement a £1 billion budget cut by 2010/11. The Probation Service is looking at a reduction in resources of up to 13% by 2010/11 and will struggle to fulfil its statutory duties let alone take on any new work. It is therefore extremely difficult to see how these changes and reforms can be implemented without the necessary money.”

He added:

“The decision to build three large “Titan” prisons is extremely controversial. It goes against all previous advice, which has been for smaller units close to where prisoners live. It would be difficult to find sites, obtain planning permission, and manage and recruit staff for these super prisons."

"Napo welcomes diverting more offenders with mental health and related problems to more appropriate accommodation, but this will require considerable extra resources, which are currently not available. Napo also notes the recommendation that more individuals will be placed on rigorous community penalties, particularly when prisons are full, but again there does not appear to be any additional resources. With the Probation Service already experiencing major cut backs and struggling to meet its statutory duties, the creation of thousands more community penalties without additional resources will be untenable.”

Referring to the decision to limit the imposition of indeterminate sentences, Fletcher added:

“Napo has been warning for many months that indeterminate sentences were being used inappropriately and as a consequence hundreds of prisoners were unable to access the courses they needed to qualify for parole. This reform will make some difference and acknowledges miscalculations that were made by Ministers three years ago.”