PCA response to DWP work programme statistics

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Today (Tuesday 27 November) has seen the first official figures relating to the Work Programme – the Government’s flagship Payment by Results scheme. These figures underline the PCA concerns about the Government’s plans to introduce similar PbR contracts to the delivery of traditional probation services. Continue Reading →

Community Payback 40th Anniversary Stories from Probation Trusts

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All this week the Probation Chiefs Association and Probation Trusts have been celebrating 40 years of Community Payback.

Over the past four decades the name may have changed – Community Service, Community Punishment – but it’s principles of reparation, rehabilitation and punishment have remained.

The following link is a selection of tweets from across Probation Trusts to mark this birthday. It includes pictures, success stories, news and facts.

The collection shows how Community Payback remains a powerful and effective sentencing tool.

Community Payback collection of tweets

Probation open to working with Police & Crime Commissioners to reduce crime in the community

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Newly elected Police & Crime Commissioners will be inaugurated today (22nd November). The PCA would like to wish PCCs success, and encourages PCCs to make the reduction of re-offending in their community a top priority.  PCCs should look to work and partner with their local Probation Trust to develop strategies and commissioning priorities that would be most effective at preventing crime in the particular circumstances of their locality. Continue reading here…

The Justice Secretary’s Speech at the Centre for Social Justice

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Today, Tuesday 20 November, Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, gave a speech  which outlined how the Government wants to reform parts of the criminal justice system.  In particular he focused extending the role of the private, voluntary and charity sector in helping rehabilitate and resettle offenders and reducing re-offending.

PCA celebrates 40th anniversary of Community Payback

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The PCA is delighted to celebrate the 40th birthday of Community Payback, which has recently been marked.  Over the past four decades the name may have changed – Community Service, Community Punishment – but it’s principles of reparation, rehabilitation and punishment have remained. Continue reading here…

House of Lords debate on more ‘punitive’ community sentencing

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The House of Lords yesterday (13th November) debated an amendment to the Crime & Courts Bill, which would make it mandatory for courts when issuing a community order to include at least one requirement imposed for the ‘purpose of punishment’ or a fine for the offence. The PCA recognises the importance of punishment in the sentencing framework, but has concerns that over-emphasising the punitive component of a community order could draw resources and focus away from necessary rehabilitative requirements. Continue reading here…