Earlier this week the BBC reported that number of people dying while on probation in England and Wales has risen by almost a third in three years, analysis of official figures shows.
Commenting on the report in the press, Katie Lomas, Napo's National Chair, said:
David Gauke, Secretary of State, in a speech to the JSC explained that there is a further delay to publicising the response to the consultation and he is now considering all options with regards to the future including the boundary between public and private providers. This follows heavy lobbying by Napo both directly and via the various parliamentary committees with an interest in this.
Napo’s campaign to reunite the Probation Service continues to receive validation. The collapse of Working Links and now Interserve would cause any sane government to doubt the wisdom of continuing to outsource probation services to private companies. Nearly all of the seven CRC owners have experienced severe problems making their contracts work and as a result have received bail out after bail out from the MoJ.
The growing use of technology to supervise individuals on probation offers no conclusive benefits, according to new research published by HM Inspectorate of Probation. The research did not find evidence to suggest remote supervision leads to better outcomes.
More than 250,000 people are under probation supervision across England and Wales. Typically, probation officers supervise individuals through regular face-to-face meetings. Some Community Rehabilitation Companies – who are responsible for supervising low and medium-risk offenders – have turned to technology instead.
There were some good interventions on the state of Probation by MPs in Justice Questions in Parliament yesterday.
The TUC confirmed this week that General Secretary Frances O’Grady will speak at the Stand Up to Racism march and rally in London on Saturday 16 March 2019.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of London, Cardiff and Glasgow to join the Stand Up to Racism marches, which will all assemble at 12noon.
Napo put out a press release today calling on Ministers to abandon their plans to remarket rehabilitation services following the failures of the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). This was in advance of In advance of the Public Accounts Committee session on 13 March.
Napo briefed parliamentarians in the Justice Unions Group (JUFCPG) on the recent collapse of Working Links. Napo told politicians Working Links had been running Devon Dorset and Cornwall CRC, Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset and Wiltshire CRC and the Wales CRC since 2014, and their struggles to meet contract expectations were well documented.
Good news just in. HMPPS has exceptionally agreed to provide one day’s facility time for members from each Division to attend The Women in Napo Conference on Friday 5th April. Employee relations have written to Divisional Directors asking them to also look favourably on requests for annual leave/time off in lieu to travel on the 4th if requested, and also on enabling their attendance at Conference.