For the first time, the probation service has opened its door to a documentary film maker, in the one-hour programme, Out of Jail and On the Streets, which airs on BBC 1 on Tuesday 5th February, 2013 at 10.35pm. The film follows the personal stories of four Surrey & Sussex probation officers. Continue reading here…
Dear PCA member
Yesterday saw the publication of the Government’s proposals for probation reform. These can be read here. The PCA has responded vigorously about both the need to preserve the integrity of offender management and the importance of maintaining local links to partner agencies. More detail on the PCA website here. We have arranged for a meeting of the PCA Council with the Minister on 22 January. There is now a 6 week consultation period and PCA working with PA will be submitting a full response to the proposals. The Conference will also be a key opportunity, so please register before 19 January if at all possible, to help ensure accommodation and to keep down the costs.
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PCA Business Director
In this Edition:
1. Probation Reform
2. Changes to the PCA Executive
3. PCA Annual Progress Report
4. PCA Conference
5. Updated Portfolio group leads
6. New ICT Portfolio Lead
7. Offender Engagement Research Bulletin
8. Effectiveness of community order requirements for offenders with an OASYS assessment
9. The Inaugural Community Payback Competition – the London Story’
On Tuesday 15 January 2013, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, held a meeting with Probation Chief Executives, to outline his proposals to radically overhaul the current probation service across England and Wales.
Carol Hedderman, Professor of Criminology at Leicester University has written a letter outlining her views of the risks in the government’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ proposals announced last week. She, like the PCA, is concerned that these proposals would be likely to lead to an increased risk to the public. Continue reading here…
Following the Government’s launch of its ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation document (9th January), the PCA featured in a number of media pieces. This coverage included a letter published in the Guardian and a live interview on Channel 4 news. Continue reading here…
Probation Chiefs have expressed significant concerns about proposals for the future of probation work in England and Wales, outlined by the Secretary of State today (Wed 9th January). Continue reading here…
A new blog post on women offenders has been published by Liz Rijnenberg, CE of Wiltshire Probation Trust. This coincides with the call for oral evidence by the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee on this topic. Continue reading here…