Probation chiefs welcome new research on crime reduction


New research by Sheffield Hallam University, released today by the Sussex Criminal Justice Board, demonstrates the benefits of integrating the work of probation, police, local authorities and other agencies, to provide a high level of monitoring, supervision and support to offenders. Over a two year period, the proportion of offenders reconvicted in Sussex was reduced by 57 per cent and the frequency by 69 per cent.  In consequence, this also reduces the number of people who are likely to be victims of crime.

The research was commissioned by the Sussex Criminal Justice Board (SCJB) into the Integrated Offender Management programme in Sussex, which is led by the Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust, Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Nick Smart, Vice-Chair of the Probation Chiefs Association, comments:

“The Probation Chiefs Association welcomes this research, which clearly demonstrates the benefits of probation trusts working closely with a range of partners to reduce crime and create a safer society. Targeting offenders who commit the highest volume of crime with this integrated approach has resulted in reducing reconvictions by around two-thirds.”

The research is available at

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MoJ Analytical Service reports show importance of Probation Practice and Skills to Reduce Re-offending


The Ministry of Justice Analytical Services have published two Analytical Summary reports showing how important professional probation practice is at reducing re-offending.

The first report, Does Supervision After Release From Prison Reduce Re-offending?, shows that those sentenced to under 12 months in custody, who currently receive no probation supervision upon release,  are more likely to re-offend than those who receive mandatory probation supervision during a period of licence upon release.

The second report, Reducing Reoffending by Offenders on Community Orders; Preliminary findings from the Offender Management Community Cohort study, highlights the importance of building positive relationships with the offender manager to reoffending rates and behaviour patterns.

Savas Hadijpavlou, Probation Chiefs Association spokesperson, said: “Short-term prisoners currently have no probation intervention and the highest rates of re-offending. The Government is making changes so that all prisoners are subject to a combination of community supervision and licence lasting at least 12 months from release. We would encourage the Government to work with the probation profession to help safely implement their proposals to extend probation supervision to the ‘under 12 month’ cohort, and build upon probation’s best practice and skills.”

The Offender Management Cohort Study highlights how important the relationship between the offender and probation officer is at reducing re-offending. We believe that the creation of a Probation & Offender Rehabilitation Institute would maintain and develop these important skills and practices, by upholding a set of professional standards that all providers of probation services could follow, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and research over ‘what works’. The PCA are working with a wide range of stakeholders to explore the creation of such an Institute”

Probation work showcases in new BBC1 documentary, 5th February


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…

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


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…

Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA, responds to the Daily Mail Article – 20,000 Spared Jail Re-offend


Sue Hall, Chair of the PCA has responded to claims made in the  Daily Mail Article, 20,000 Spared Jail Re-offend (21 August, 2012), that community service is not working. The letter was published on 24 August 2012.

On the front page of the Daily Mail 21 August, 2012 you said that community service isn’t working.
On the contrary the majority of offenders (approximately 75%) undertaking work in the community as part of their community punishment orders do not re-offend. Continue reading…