Community Rehabilitation Companies

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of inspectorate reports of (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit community rehabilitation companies.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of reoffending rates of offenders supervised by (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit community rehabilitation companies.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of employment terms and conditions at (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit community rehabilitation companies.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of the financial stability of (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit community rehabilitation companies.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of probation workers leaving the National Probation Service to join (a) for-profit and (b) not-for-profit community rehabilitation companies.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We want a probation system which protects the public, commands the confidence of the courts and reduces reoffending

We are taking decisive action to stabilise and improve the delivery of probation services. We are ending current Community Rehabilitation Company contracts early and investing £22m per year to enhance Through The Gate services. We have introduced minimum standards so that all providers offer monthly face-to-face meetings with offenders during the first 12 months of supervision.

No comparative assessment of “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” CRCs has been undertaken by the Ministry of Justice.

Robust assurance of Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) performance is provided through operational contract management backed up by regular Operational Assurance audits, and Internal Audit activity as required. There is regular monitoring of service delivery, including a focus on validating published performance management information. CRC performance information showing services levels against a range of measures is released quarterly as part of the Community Performance Quarterly Management Information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/community-performance-quarterly-mi-update-to-june-2017

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