Probation

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of probation services remaining permanently under public ownership and civil service control.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We are unifying probation under the National Probation Service from June 2021. This will allow us to strengthen supervision and support for offenders while providing a critical level of resilience and stability for core services.

Bringing offender management, unpaid work placements and behaviour change programmes under the NPS will allow us to focus resources on those offenders who pose the greatest risk to the public, and improve continuity of supervision by the same Probation Officer over the duration of a sentence.

However, it is important that we continue to draw upon the talent and expertise of the private and voluntary sectors to cut reoffending and support offenders to turn their lives around. Private and voluntary sector organisations can still bid for a range of contracts for rehabilitation and resettlement support through the Probation Services Dynamic Framework. We anticipate eventually spending over £100 million a year on these services.

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