Snapshot of Probation Services in England & Wales –2012

  • There are 35 Probation Trusts in England & Wales. Each Trust has responsibility for the management of offenders and ex-offenders serving intervention programmes and sentences in the community, and giving pre-sentencing advice to courts.
  • As of the last count in June 2012, Probation Trusts were managing a combined total caseload of 230,736. Of this total, 120,323 cases were serving court orders, and 111,735 were being managed pre/post release1.
  • The total budget devolved to the 35 Probation Trusts was £820m in 2011/12. It has been steadily reducing from a high of £914m in 2008/9. The average cost per offender supervised on license post-custody was £2380, and the average cost per offender supervised on a community order/suspended sentence was £4135. The average cost of Probation Trusts producing a pre-sentence report was £2152
  • As of the 30th September 2012, there was a total of 16,710 full time staff and management employed by Probation Trusts. 89.3% of these were working in an offender related function (approx 45% in community supervision, 13% accredited programmes and 9% unpaid supervision, 6% approved premises, 3% pre-sentence court advice, 2% resettlement teams). The remaining 10% of staff work in corporate services3.
  • Reconviction rates for those on Community Orders or suspended sentence orders managed by probation have continued to fall steadily across England and Wales. The proven reoffending rate for the 2010 cohort stands at 34.1%, down 0.3% compared to the previous 12 months and down 3.7& since 20004.
  • Britain’s Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are recognised and respected internationally for their effective management of high risk offenders. Through probation working under Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements with the Police and Prisons (MAPPA), only 1% of offenders managed by MAPPA commit a serious further offence.5
  1. MoJ Offender Management Statistics Quarterly Bulletin (Apr-June 2012)
  2. MoJ Probation Trusts Unit Costs 2011-12
  3. MoJ Probation service workforce information summary report; quarterly 2 2012-13
  4. MoJ Proven re-offending quarterly, Jan-Dec 2010
  5. MoJ Multi-agency public protection arrangements annual report

Supervising 250,000 adult offenders in the community…

The Probation Trusts in England and Wales employ nearly 21,000 staff  who work

  • to punish offenders
  • to protect the public from serious offenders
  • to reduce re-offending
  • to rehabilitate offenders
  •  to ensure offenders’ awareness of the effects of crime on the victims of crime and the public

This means:

  • Preparing about 250,000 offender reports for courts each year
  • Supervising over 200,000 adult offenders in the community at any one time
  • Offering contact to between 15,000 and 16,000 victims of violent or sexual crime a year
  • Managing 43,160 adult offenders either before or after release from prison (2007/08 figures)
  • Working to ensure the effective management of around 50,000 specified sexual, violent and other dangerous offenders in the community (2007/8 figures)

Read about the latest re-offending statistics