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
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…
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 →
Guardian Public Services Awards Demonstrate Probation Excellence
The Probation Chiefs Association would like to congratulate Hertfordshire Probation Trust for winning a Guardian Public Services Award for Digital Innovation, and Nathalie Allard from Leicester and Rutland Probation Trust, for being a finalist in the Public Servant of the Year category.
The Justice Secretary’s Speech at the Centre for Social Justice
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
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.
Chair, Probation Chiefs Association
PCA response to Criminal Justice Joint Inspection report on transitions into adulthood in the criminal justice system
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…
PCA response to MoJ consultation on Effective Sentencing
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