Sharon Walker assesse the expansion of the executive within the criminal justice system in the Republic of Ireland, and the impact on punishment decisions
I had an insight when reading the critical re-examination of female desistance by Roger Matthews et al., Exiting Prostitution, into some of the entrenched difficulties experienced by women wanting to exit prostitution.
Paul McDowell has resigned as chief inspector of probation in England and Wales after a long conflict of interest dispute, reports PoliticsHome. Last year it was revealed that his wife was deputy managing director of Sodexo, a private company that went on to win the largest number of contracts to run probation services.
The Independent on Sunday has revealed a catalogue of evidence demonstrating the scale of the crisis in the Probation Service in the wake of recent reforms. This includes huge backlogs of emails and overstretched staff. Labour have called for an inquiry into whether these issues led to the murder of a woman just seven days after her suspected killer was put on probation for domestic violence.
This is the first in a series of reports as part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Community Sentences project. The project was initially established to investigate and monitor the new Community Order introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 by providing good quality, objective information about the way it was used and managed during a period of great change following the creation of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
Our revised version of the report issued in 2008 clarifies the budgetary and staffing crisis that has been confronting the Probation Service.
It was commissioned by Napo, the trade union and professional association for family court and probation staff. Based on interviews with probation staff, reports by probation areas, and an in-depth analysis of financial and workforce statistics, the research portrays the Service struggling to cope and facing budget uncertainties amid moves towards the promotion of competition and potential privatisation.