PCA responds to new sentencing guidelines on sexual offences

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The PCA have responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft new guidelines on the sentencing of sexual offences. The response has been prepared by the PCA’s Sentencing & Courts policy portfolio group, representing the leadership of Probation Trusts on decisions over sentencing policy. Continue reading here….

Probation committed to delivering effective community sentences and rehabilitation for women offenders

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The Government has announced new strategic objectives for female offenders in a ministerial statement today (22nd March 2013). The PCA welcomes the Government’s decision to establish an Advisory Board chaired by Helen Grant, which will have direct input from the leadership of Probation Trusts. Continue reading here…

PCA Response to Centre of Crime Prevention Report ‘Community Sentences are failing’

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Contrary to the Centre for Crime Prevention report, community sentences are cutting crime and preventing victims.

Community sentences outperform short-term prison sentences and are 8.3% more effective in reducing one year proven re-offending rates.

The statistics the Centre for Crime Prevention use may look dramatic but in reality they do not make a lot of sense. They show a lack of understanding of the role of sentences, prisons and probation.

You cannot compare medium to long prison tariffs with community orders as sentencing guidelines wouldn’t allow them to be interchangeable sentences.

It would also be extremely costly to the taxpayer if we sent all 240,000 people, of whom around 160,000 do not go on to re-offend, to prison for at least four years as their report suggests. A four year prison sentence would amount to £88,000, ten times the cost of a community sentence.

What the public and victims really want to see is crime stop. Community sentences tackle the causes such as drug and alcohol addiction that lead to crime, and are effective with re-offending rates falling by an equivalent of 10 per cent since 2000.

PCA supports PBR in principle but current plans need significant refinements

Make Justice Work has today published ‘Just Results’, which is an in-depth report looking at the principles of using a Payment by Results in the delivery of offenders services.

The MJW report is a direct response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation document: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences. Continue reading…..

Effective Community Sentences & Effective Probation Services

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Sebert Cox, Chairman of the Probation Association and Sue Hall, Chair of the Probation Chiefs Association, said in a joint statement:

“We welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of the work undertaken by Probation Trusts. Trust staff provide excellent and efficient services to the public – protecting communities and changing offenders’ lives through the effective delivery of community sentences.

Effective Community Sentences & Effective Probation Services

PRESS NOTICE

Sebert Cox, Chairman of the Probation Association and Sue Hall, Chair of the Probation Chiefs Association, said in a joint statement:

“We welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of the work undertaken by Probation Trusts. Trust staff provide excellent and efficient services to the public – protecting communities and changing offenders’ lives through the effective delivery of community sentences.