Probation Reform - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:40 pm on 16th May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Beith Lord Beith Liberal Democrat 2:40 pm, 16th May 2019

My Lords, if the Government do not succeed in putting right the failings which many of us identified in previous reports, they will not win the confidence of sentencers and be able to proceed with getting rid of short custodial sentences, which is part of their policy. Surely, in order to get these things right, you do not want too complicated a structure. The intermediate body which is doing the commissioning from the voluntary and private sector seems a rather cumbersome structure, and we have to deal with telephone reporting being relied on, excessive workload for probation officers and features demonstrating that the system is not delivering what it ought to deliver.