Prison and probation expenditure, 1999-2009
Helen Mills, Arianna Silvestri and Dr Roger Grimshaw with Felicia Silberhorn-Armantrading
Spending on the prison and probation system in England and Wales has grown by 36 percent in real terms since 2004 despite a major reorganisation that was meant to save money, a new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has found. Prison and probation expenditure 1999 - 2009 found that spending on the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) - which combines the costs of operating the prison, probation and headquarters function - rose in real terms from £3.6 billion in 2004/05 to £4.9 billion in 2008/09.
The report, part of a three part series of briefings on criminal justice spending supported by the Hadley Trust will be required reading for policy makers, journalists and anyone with an interest in public finances and the proper use of taxpayers' money. One more briefing on courts expenditure will be released in the coming months. The report on police expenditure can be downloaded here.
To be published in hard copy in August 2010. Normal price £50. Special discount price for copies ordered before the end of August 2010 and for Centre for Crime and Justice Studies members.