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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

June 4, 2009: Sonnex's Management: Not About Resources

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has stated that the management of Danno Sonnex was not a result of insufficient probation service resources. The fundamental problems, he said, were managerial. He stated:

‘I will personally monitor progress closely until I am satisfied that high standards are being achieved. I will also be making a statement in parliament about this as soon as possible. All of the reports within my ambit will be presented to parliament and made public.'

‘There may be those who assert that insufficient probation service resources was a factor in these failings. This is emphatically not the case. Probation spending has increased 70% in real terms in the last 12 years. Last year London Probation under spent by £3.5 million on a budget of £154 million, and the service as a whole under spent by £17 million.

'The fundamental problems – as the independent reports emphasise – were managerial. It was a failure to allocate London Probation resources sensibly between the different areas, to supervise workloads, and to heed obvious warning signs – like sickness rates in Lewisham and Greenwich probation area being an average of 27 days per year, more than twice the London Probation average.'

‘Probation officers do an extremely tough job supervising difficult and dangerous people. The number of serious further offence convictions against all offenders supervised by the Probation Service is actually around 0.35% and in London it is approximately 0.2% of London’s total caseload. I do not want this to be a reflection on the valuable work they do every day to protect the public, reduce re-offending and support victims.’