Communities will be safer, and offenders more likely to be re-habilitated, as a consequence of the Government’s decision to re-unite probation services, according to Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.
Ron welcomed today’s news that Justice Secretary David Gauke has reversed the decision of predecessor, Chris Grayling. Grayling’s reforms meant that low and medium level offenders were supported by private companies on a payment-by results basis, whilst more serious offenders were dealt with by the state-run National Probation Service.
Ron said ‘At a time when people feel that politicians just don’t listen, David Gauke has clearly heard views and those of others in taking the bold step to re-nationalise what is at the heart of the probation service. He went on to say ‘this is a step in slowing down the current cycle of crime, offending and re-offending, and I look forward to working with the Minister in exploring innovative ways of disrupting the cycle and thereby reducing crime and making our communities safer’. I will be writing to the Minister today to congratulate him.
Inspection reports have repeatedly been critical of the Community Rehabilitation Companies which currently provide probation services for low and medium level offenders.
Posted on Thursday 16th May 2019