Campaigner says the reorganisation of rehabilitation will not cut reoffending
- 08 Jan
Clive Martin who campaigns for groups that supports offenders and their families say that the reorganisation of rehabilitation by the justice secretary will not cut reoffending.
The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced big changes to the criminal justice system under the "transforming rehabilitation" agenda which plans to transfer the responsibility for the supervising of low and medium risk offenders from probation trusts to contracted-out providers.
Director of the networking and advocacy charity Clinks, Clive Martin, is concerned about the sheer volume of change. "Over the next 12 to 18 months there will be new supervision arrangements for over 300,000 people," he says, reports the Guardian.
Clink supports, represents and campaigns for voluntary and community groups that work with offenders and their families, and has around 600 members.
With statutory provision of twelve months' post-prison supervision for all short-sentence prisoners, the introduction of payment by results for the CRCs and 70 resettlement prison these reforms are the most radical in recent criminal justice history.
In December a report by HM Inspectors of Prisons and Probations found that after nine years the efforts by the National Offender Management Service to stop prisoner reoffending are "not working".
Martin says: "We are constantly fed the story of failure and of risk - what's really inspiring is the story of people changing for the better and turning their lives around, of which we hear less and less. But that is the story that really makes communities safer." He believe that rehabilitation is about giving people hope so that they can change alongside the tool with which to do so.
Of the governments' new approach Martin says: "Unfortunately the stuff we welcomed early on relating to mentoring is in danger of being replaced by the concept of supervision - which is about holding someone to account, rather than helping them chart a course so they are able to rehabilitate themselves."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1431138
- 11 Sep
Prisons told to adjust for older inmates
Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen says prisons will have to take on "care home and even hospice" roles in future, reports the BBC. He said: "It is remarkable that the fastest growing segment of the prison...
- 31 Jul
Charities are best at reducing re-offending
A report by charity thinktank New Philanthropy Capital has found that 28% of charity projects have helped to reduce reoffending compared to 19% of private companies, reports the Guardian.The report...
- 29 Jul
It could become illegal to deny offenders legal aid
It could become illegal to deny prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so that they are able to effectively challenge the conditions they are held under, rules the court of appeal, reports the...
- 08 Jul
Offender’s rehabilitation is delayed by legal aid restrictions
The court of appeal has been told that thousands of prisoners are being prevented from starting rehabilitation due to them being denied legal aid for parole board hearings, reports the...
- 17 Mar
New supported accommodation for ex-offenders in Birmingham
Trident Reach the People Charity's new Reach House has been built to provide 24-hour supported accommodation for young offenders to help support them getting back into the community after their...
- 12 Mar
Staff working with young offenders criticised
A report by three inspection bodies has said that staff aimed at helping reduce re-offending in young offenders are "too often suspicious of each other" reports the BBC.The report, by the Care...
- 19 Sep
Family homes are needed to help offenders re-offending
A study by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation and Ofsted had found that almost one in five prisoners did not know where they would be living once they left jail, reports Inside...
- 16 Sep
Ex-offenders ‘lacking home and job'
An inspection into resettlement provision for adult prisoners had followed 80 offenders after they left prison. Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said that it found the role of a prisoner's...
- 16 May
Offenders placed in prison for a day in a bid to cut re-offending
The Centre for Social Justice has urged the government to look to the US where this approach appears to work. The report has said that a third of people given community sentences re-offended within a...
- 30 Jan
Inspection finds offenders with learning disabilities are not being supported
The inspection looking into the treatment of offenders with learning disabilities within the criminal justice systems was conducted by HM Inspectorate of Probation, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary,...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Sevices Extremely informative, excellent speaker. Alison Halstead - Riverside ECHG