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Government review of probation reform examined by Committee

21 March 2017

The Justice Committee questions stakeholders on the Government's review of its Transforming Rehabilitation programme.

Witnesses

Tuesday 21 March 2017, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 9.45 am

  • Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation

At 10.25 am  

  • Malcolm Richardson JP, Chair, Magistrates Association

At 10.40 am

  • Nathan Dick, Head of Policy & Communications, Clinks
  • Nicky Park, Head of Prison Services, St Giles Trust

At 11.00 am

  • Yvonne Thomas, Managing Director, Interserve Justice
  • Rich Gansheimer, CEO, MTCnovo

Purpose of session

Questioning will focus on:

  • What has caused the difficulties in Transforming Rehabilitation, and who (or what) is responsible?
  • What are the best solutions?
  • Are the Government plans for the programme’s future adequate?

Transforming Rehabilitation

Transforming Rehabilitation includes, among other measures:

  • the creation of the National Probation Service (NPS) to manage high-risk offenders
  • supervision of low- and medium-risk offenders by Community Rehabilitation Centres (CRCs), operated by private- and voluntary-sector providers
  • statutory probation for offenders who have served sentences of 12 months or fewer
  • 'Through the Gate' resettlement services with early involvement from CRCs.

The Justice Committee in the 2010–15 Parliament reported on Transforming Rehabilitation prior to its implementation.

Following its introduction, there have been criticisms—including by the Committee of Public Accounts, the National Audit Office and HM Inspectorates of Prisons and Probation—of its practical effectiveness. The caseload and contractual arrangements for Community Rehabilitation Centres, execution of 'Through the Gate' and coordination between various responsible bodies have raised concerns, as have other issues.

The Committee intends to investigate the causes of these problems and identity possible solutions, rather than simply to restate them. The Committee does not wish at this stage to receive any written evidence on Transforming Rehabilitation: it will announce its plans for further work on the subject, including any opportunity for submission of written evidence by interested parties, in the near future.

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