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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

September 28, 2007: NOMS: The End Is Near

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is about to be scrapped, though there is no official confirmation of this yet on the websites of the MInistry of Justice, the National Probation Service, or NOMS itself.

This lack of official confirmation notwithstanding, it has been widely reported that NOMS is facing its imminent demise. Leaks from a “classified” Whitehall document which quote recommendations from a so-called “organisational review” have been reported in both the Guardian and the Times.

These leaks suggest that the end of NOMS is near, a mere three years and a reported £2.6 billion of taxpayers money after its creation.

A core NOMS aim is to have the same offender manager working with an offender for the entirety of their sentence. The concept of end-to-end offender management involves both probation and prison staff and has the aim of ensuring that offenders are offered the best possible opportunity to change their offending behaviour.

NOMS HQ is currently based within the Ministry of Justice. Delivery of prison and probation services is co-ordinated through nine regional areas and throughout Wales. Nine Regional Offender Managers (ROMs) in England and a Director of Offender Management in Wales are responsible for the commissioning of offender management services from a range of providers, making best use of the skills and talents of the public, voluntary and private sectors. The NOMS board includes the Director General of HM Prison Service and the Director of Probation.

The National Offender Management Information System (C-NOMIS) is central to end-to-end offender management. C-NOMIS, an information technology system designed to give a single view of the offender at whatever stage they are in their sentence. Implementation of C-NOMIS is an important tool to help end-to-end offender management. When accessing a single record of the offender on the C-NOMIS database both prisons and the probation service will be able to share constantly updated information, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing risk.

The Guardian states that “senior justice ministry sources” have stated that the NOMS "brand is so damaged, it cannot continue" and that it is "a disaster area" with costs which are out of control.