Handing more cash to private probation companies is 'throwing good money after bad'

By agency reporter
July 28, 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to the Ministry of Justice’s vision for the future of probation services, published on 27 July 2018.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive at the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Transforming Rehabilitation [TR] has failed. It was supposed to turn lives around and make communities safer, but instead it has done the opposite.

“The government has recognised that change is needed, and ministers are right to make a clear commitment to community sentences and a more proportionate use of supervision. But handing over more cash in the meantime to abject private companies – whose contracts are being cut short because they have failed to deliver what was promised – is throwing good money after bad.

“The mess created by the public/private split of probation was foreseeable and was foreseen. The proposed ‘TR2’ will not solve the inherent problems of part-privatising a service that should properly sit within the public sector.

“The Howard League has the answers. We have sought the expert views of academics, officials and practitioners, and drawn up proposals for a service that would protect the public and reduce crime. It is time to consign privatised probation to history and do what works.”

* Read the Howard League's proposals Community Justice and the future of probation here

* Howard League for Penal Reform https://howardleague.org/


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