This report highlights some of the key achievements of the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA) in 2010/11. We work to ensure that the chief executives and senior managers of Probation Trusts have a strong and influential voice in the criminal justice system. Over the past three years, we have built up our profile and reputation as the Association representing the professional leadership of Probation. Our aim has been to consolidate and strengthen this position, developing a clear programme of work to underpin and inform the Association’s contributions to Government thinking on criminal justice reform and in particular the objectives of protecting the public and reducing reoffending.
We have established constructive relationships with the Prisons and Probation Minister, key officials in NOMS and the wider Ministry of Justice, and other government departments, with a regular programme of meetings.
In presenting the professional Probation view, the PCA Executive has involved the membership, in identifying, and prioritising critical probation issues which impact on and responding to consultations. We recognise and are responsive to the challenge of delivering improved outcomes at a time of severe pressure on public spending.
View the complete report here – PCA Annual Report 2011-2012 final
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…
In response to comments about risk of harm in the HMI Probation Annual Report 2012, John Budd, of the Probation Chiefs Association, said:
“We share the Chief Inspector’s immediate concerns about the potential fragmentation of offender management, which would in particular, raise risks to public protection and undermine the confidence of the courts.
“We have drawn attention to these concerns in our most recent response to the Government, as part of the consultation into the effectiveness of probation services.
“In particular we do not think that offender management, that is to say, the administration of community sentences, should be put to competition but retained in the public sector.
“However, voluntary and private sector organisations already do and will have an increasing role in the provision of intervention services helping to reduce re-offending.”
Click here to access HMI Probation’s annual report.
The Probation Chiefs Association (PCA, in a joint submission with the Probation Association (PA), today submitted its views to the Government’s report “Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services“.
Research & Analysis Report by Kate Stephens, January 2012
Read the PCA statement from Heather Munro in response to the Make Justice Work report. In the wake of the report, also read about BBC News home editor Mark Easton’s visit to Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust to look at its approach in dealing with drug and alcohol issues, broadcast on this evening’s 6pm BBC News. For Mark Easton’s positive commentary on community sentences.
The Probation Chiefs Association can reveal that only a small percentage of offenders, who have been charged with crimes as a result of the riots, had been supervised by the Probation Service. The Justice Secretary recent announcement was that almost 75% of those aged over 18, had previous convictions.
Probation chiefs warmly welcome the findings of the Justice Committee Report. It states: ‘at their best and most robust community sentences run by the probation service will test offenders, challenging them to change their offending lifestyles and to confront difficult issues.’ View on the report’s recommendations, and for a summary of PCA media coverage.
The PCA unreservedly supports the main thrust of the Justice Committee’s Report calling for a comprehensive and integrated reform of the criminal justice system with the emphasis on community based services
The Guardian’s coverage of the Justice Reinvestment Report mentioning the PCA’s support of it. The Justice Committee which issued the report today took evidence from the Probation Chiefs Association on 18 November 2009 and referred to this extensively.
You will find the full report with former PCA Chair David Scott’s evidence and the association’s response by clicking on our press releases section.