transforming rehabilitation

When probation officers become debt collectors

We thought this Human Rights Watch (HRW) film on for-profit probation work in the United States gives a worrying glimpse into the possible future of probation work in England and Wales.

Chris Albin-Lackey of HRW says in the film:

'Many of these probation companies are not really acting like probation officers at all, but debt collectors'

Watch it below or click here to watch it on Youtube.

'Best in the business' bidding for probation work

The Ministry of Justice has announced that 30 bidders have passed the first stage of a competition to win regional probation service contracts.

Bids come from a range of private firms, charities, British and multinational business. The contracts will for the first time require every prisoner on release from custody to receive at least 12 month's supervision in the community.

You can see the announcement in full and the list of bidders here.

Probation privatisation: making the sums add up

We have come rather late to this post on how the Transforming Rehabilitation sums might add up. It was publised back in June on the Buying Quality Performance website.

'Despite the rhetoric about a “rehabilitation revolution”,' writes Richard Johnson, 'this is the outsourcing of probation, pure and simple. It has the potential to deliver more efficient and effective probation services but is unlikely to have a significant impact on recidivism rates.'

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