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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

November 27, 2007: Reducing Offending

The start of consultation on a new strategic plan to reduce  reoffending has been announced by David Hanson, Minister of State for Justice.

The consultation paper seeks views from professionals working in the field on how the government can capitalise on successes to date, and continue to reduce re-offending rates. The consultation period runs until 18 February 2008. Responses to this consultation will be used by the government to shape and develop its new Strategic Plan for Reducing Re-Offending 2008-11. This will be published in spring 2008.

The National Offender Management Service  (NOMS) held a national event to launch a period of discussion with local, regional, and national partners about what needs to be done during the next three years to bring down the number of crimes committed by known offenders.

David Hanson commented:

'Reoffending causes real harm to individuals, to communities, and to the economy. 'The government has undertaken a successful programme of work to tackle reoffending since 1997. The most recent figures available, from 2004, show a 5.8% reduction in adult reoffending against the predicted rate since 2000. But there is still more work to do to examine what other measures need to be in place to support offender management. Therefore, I am today announcing the publication of a consultation document to inform the Strategic Plan for Reducing Re-Offending from 2008-11.'

NOMS also launched a Third Sector Action Plan to build the contribution of the voluntary sector, and a Faith Alliance consultation paper looking at the role of faith-based organisations in reducing reoffending. Regional offender managers have been asked to consider inviting representatives from:

  • Local Strategic Partnerships
  • Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • sentencers
  • Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Strategic Boards
  • Safeguarding Boards
  • Drug Action Teams
  • Crime and Disorder Partnerships/Community Safety Partnerships
  • local authority chief executives
  • third and private sector organisations
  • those involved in addressing difference and diversity issues with offenders on the ground