Hampshire Probation Trust to be privatised next year

Hampshire Probation Trust to be privatised next year

Hampshire Probation Trust to be privatised next year

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THE HAMPSHIRE Probation Trust is to be dissolved.

The trust, which aims to reduce the numbers of re-offenders through carefully managed programmes, will be privatised next year.

That means that 60 per cent of offenders currently dealt with by HPT will be contracted out to private companies, and the other 40 per cent, usually those deemed high risk, supervised by national government schemes.

Although the plan was released last year, councillors at last week’s (March 14) Safe and Healthy People Select Committee Crime and Disorder Scrutiny meeting seemed shocked.

Cllr Jonathon Glen, chairman of Policy and Resources Select Committee, raised concerns about private contractors abusing the system to make money, and if companies would be monitored.

Chris Mitchell, of Hampshire Probation Trust, said: “I am not sure how that will all work just yet. The quality of the work delivered will be subject to inspection.

“But there are no details behind that at the moment.”

Cllr Patricia Stallard chaired the meeting, and said: “There are very uncertain times ahead and we want to keep and eye on that in the future.”

It was recommended that councillors visit HMP in Winchester in the near future.

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5:23pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Tolkny says...

The plan to dissolve Probation Trusts was announced in May 2013 anyone in Local Government who does not know must have be extremely out of touch with national events although it has been very poorly reported in the media.

The main problems are not, in the short term likely to be consequential on privatisation but the fact that there will be two probation services passing criminals between them depending on the circumstances as situations change as court appearances and sentences progress.

I believe it will be publicly dangerous and expensive as it is likely to also result in a need for more prison places unless there are emergency releases undertaken to create cell space.

One of the local probation services will be a local branch of the second coming of a national probation service - which will begin business on 1st June.

The other will be a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)- not required to have qualified staff - who will also start on 1st June and will be sold off to a private owner during 2014 (the Ministry of Justice are vague about the date). It is possible that the CRC will be a mutual company if they can find a financial backer to lend them money that the MOJ says they must have to risk losing if they do not satisfy the contract and reduce re-conviction rates.

Probation practitioners - mainly - know the idea is nonsense - Napo is currently undertaking industrial action and will be striking on 31st March and 1st April(which is the date of the Lord Chancellor's birthday)

The nonsense can be stopped if the Government can be persuaded to see sense, otherwise it will probably collapse in due course after a few cases have gone seriously wrong and the confusion in the criminal justice system becomes intractable.

https://www.napo.org
.uk/about/probationu
nderthreat.cfm

Andrew Hatton
The plan to dissolve Probation Trusts was announced in May 2013 anyone in Local Government who does not know must have be extremely out of touch with national events although it has been very poorly reported in the media. The main problems are not, in the short term likely to be consequential on privatisation but the fact that there will be two probation services passing criminals between them depending on the circumstances as situations change as court appearances and sentences progress. I believe it will be publicly dangerous and expensive as it is likely to also result in a need for more prison places unless there are emergency releases undertaken to create cell space. One of the local probation services will be a local branch of the second coming of a national probation service - which will begin business on 1st June. The other will be a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)- not required to have qualified staff - who will also start on 1st June and will be sold off to a private owner during 2014 (the Ministry of Justice are vague about the date). It is possible that the CRC will be a mutual company if they can find a financial backer to lend them money that the MOJ says they must have to risk losing if they do not satisfy the contract and reduce re-conviction rates. Probation practitioners - mainly - know the idea is nonsense - Napo is currently undertaking industrial action and will be striking on 31st March and 1st April(which is the date of the Lord Chancellor's birthday) The nonsense can be stopped if the Government can be persuaded to see sense, otherwise it will probably collapse in due course after a few cases have gone seriously wrong and the confusion in the criminal justice system becomes intractable. https://www.napo.org .uk/about/probationu nderthreat.cfm Andrew Hatton Tolkny
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