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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 8, 2010: Minister Praises Probation

The new Prisons and probation minister Crispin Blunt has praised the invaluable work done by probation staff across the country.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the probation union Napo, he acknowledged that probation stafff were 'national experts in offender managment and assured them that:

'I need no convincing of your economic and social value to the country. Your profession, on both counts, plays an essential role in our society. I hugely appreciate what you do and am proud to be the Minister for probation.'
Crispin Blunt prisons and probation minister,
Crispin Blunt

Mr Blunt stressed the crucial role probation staff would have to play in the rehabilitation revolution the government is trying to effect. He stated:

'As we seek to widen our capacity as a society to effect rehabilitation of offenders, you are uniquely equipped to lead this change.'

The minister added that more detail on the rehabilitation revolution and an assessment of sentencing would be published in a Green Paper before Christmas, and encouraged staff to respond to the consultation.

During his speech, he spoke of the need to end the bureaucracy that sees Probation Officers spending too much time on the computer instead of engaging with service users.

While his audience appreciated this, they were less impressed by his focus on 'payment by results.' The minister also engaged with Napo members in a passionately argued debate where probation staff made the argument for being properly resourced.

Napo General Secretary Jonathan Ledger thanked Mr Blunt for engaging with the debate sharing his views.