Probation service is not fit for purpose

Commenting on the report Transforming Rehabilitation published today (Friday) by the Justice Select Committee, UNISON national officer for probation Ben Priestley said:

“This shows the government’s probation reforms have failed and must be replaced.

“Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service has shown itself to be totally unfit to be in charge. It’s not only failing to support offenders but putting the public at risk too.

“Probation must now be put back together, returned to public ownership and this privatisation nightmare brought to an end.”

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Notes to editors:
– UNISON represents 3,000 people working for the National Probation Service (NPS) and the 21 community rehabilitation companies (CRCs), the private firms awarded contracts in 2014 to supervise non high-risk offenders.
– UNISON wants to see reforms including the NPS brought back together, the CRCs returned to public ownership once their existing contracts have been terminated and Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service dismantled.