PCA AND PA SUBMIT THEIR JOINT RESPONSE TO TRANSFORMING JUSTICE

The PCA and PA have  submitted their joint response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper on Transforming Justice.  “The Government would be taking unnecessary risks with public protection, would damage local partnerships with other essential services and be trying to do too much too soon with its proposals” said Sebert Cox, Chairman of the PA and Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA.

The Government’s proposals to reform probation services are too ambitious for the time-scale envisaged and have fundamental design problems, say the Probation Association and the Probation Chiefs Association.The joint PCA and PA statement is here. The full response is available here

Roundup of media coverage following MoJ’s launch of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ consultation

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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…

Joint PCA / PA response to the Justice Secretary’s next steps for the Rehabilitation Revolution

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Today, Wednesday 19 December, Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, set out some of the Government’s thinking on the next steps in implementing its commitment the Rehabilitation Revolution. The PCA and PA welcome the fact that the Justice Secretary  wants to involve the Probation Service in thinking through these next steps. Continue reading here…

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 →

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.

Response to the Prime Minister’s Vision for the Criminal Justice System

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Probation is a critical part of the Criminal Justice System and for the Prime Minister to omit it in his vision for the CJS on 22nd October is disappointing and short-sighted. Disappointing, because dedicated probation staff work tirelessly with risky, complex and chaotic individuals to punish and reform them according to the sentences of the court; and short sighted because, at a tenth of a cost of prison, community orders have reoffending rates that are significantly lower and are declining year on year.  Probation works.

Sue Hall
Chair, Probation Chiefs Association

PCA response to Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on transitions into adulthood in the criminal justice system

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The PCA has responded to the CJJI Report:  “Transitions: An inspection of the transition arrangements from youth to adult services in the CJS” (11th Oct 2012). The transition from being a young person to a mature adult is complex, with individuals having different levels of emotional intelligence, mental maturity and parental support. Continue reading here…

Probation Review

PCA / PA response to the MoJ’s review into effective probation services

The PCA and the PA have submitted a joint response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation reviewing effective probation services in England & Wales. We believe that Probation Trusts should be at the centre of probation commissioning, and look forward to working with the MoJ to support the development of a wide range of providers in the public, independent and private sectors.

Download the Response to Effective Probations Services PDF