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Serco London Probation contract to end this year

In a further sign that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is clearing the decks ahead of the planned probation privatisation, it has announced that Serco's Community Payback contract in London will stop by the end of this year.

The announcement was smuggled into a footnote in an MoJ press release issued today. The MoJ also announced that no new participants will enter the payment by results pilot scheme at Doncaster prison after the end of 2014.

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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