TRANSFORMING REHABILITATION? OR SAVING MONEY?

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It is now only a few weeks before The Probation Service is split up as the government is determined to dismantle it whatever the cost.

COST is the key fact here, as selling off the new Community Rehabilitation Companies to the private sector will undoubtedly be cheaper in the short term.

The fact that these companies will be run by profit hungry organisations whose main concern is their bottom line is clearly very worrying. However, the government are dressing this up as a big transformation in the way in which offenders are rehabilitated rather than admitting to yet another cost cutting exercise.

For the last few years, public sector cuts have crippled both the Prison Estate and Probation Services, and as a result, much of the good work that was being done in prisons has been stopped, with significant reductions in Offender Behaviour Programmes. 

There has also been a significant…

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TRANSFORMING REHABILITATION? OR SAVING MONEY?

It is now only a few weeks before The Probation Service is split up as the government is determined to dismantle it whatever the cost.

COST is the key fact here, as selling off the new Community Rehabilitation Companies to the private sector will undoubtedly be cheaper in the short term.

The fact that these companies will be run by profit hungry organisations whose main concern is their bottom line is clearly very worrying. However, the government are dressing this up as a big transformation in the way in which offenders are rehabilitated rather than admitting to yet another cost cutting exercise.

For the last few years, public sector cuts have crippled both the Prison Estate and Probation Services, and as a result, much of the good work that was being done in prisons has been stopped, with significant reductions in Offender Behaviour Programmes. 

There has also been a significant reduction in Probation staff within the Prison Estate, with much of the work previously completed by Probation Staff being farmed out to unqualified and overworked Prison Officers.

Additionally, Probation Officers in the community are struggling with enormous case loads, and many of them are working very long days for no extra pay.

Ultimately, the government wants to shift responsibility for rehabilitation to both the private sector and the charitable sector, who of course, can then be blamed when things go wrong.

This is possibly the worst bit of legislation in the last thirty years. Well done Chris Grayling!

 

XMAS IN PRISON

Christmas is an emotional time for many of us, but imagine how much harder it must be for those behind bars.

Whatever prisoners have or haven’t done, spare a thought for how they must feel on the one day when most of those who celebrate Xmas are with family and friends.

‘Revolving Door’ is fictional, but the issues faced by the main character, are not.

Happy Christmas to all prisoners worldwide. I hope that one day you may be free.

Best Wishes

Veronica

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Prison Riots

I don’t know the exact reasons for yesterday’s riots in two prisons in the UK, but having worked for three years in a B category prison I’ve a fair idea.

As part of this government’s irresponsible slashing budget cuts, prisons across the country have been forced to make massive savings.

Unfortunately, the only way that they can really save money is to reduce staff and staffing levels. This in turn means that prisoners are locked up in their cells for longer periods as they need fewer officers to supervise them if they are ‘banged up’

I saw this, and other measures, being discussed and implemented where I worked, and the clear losers in this are the prisoners who have their association time reduced.

Additionally, as part of these cuts, many prisons have had to stop running costly offender rehabilitation programmes.

This is astonishing given the government’s current rhetoric about rehabilitation offenders under their ‘transforming rehabilitation’ initiative.

Until all this madness stops, I think we can expect to see more unrest in prisons and ultimately an increase in crime.

For more information see: http://www.sadiqkhan.org.uk/sadiq_s_speech_at_opposition_day_debate_probation_reforms

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Released from prison, but can he stay out?

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Released from prison, and homeless, Mickey fights to stay free. Soon, though, he is unwittingly caught up in what is to become his greatest challenge. 

Mickey has been released from prison following a short sentence. He is homeless and broke and has known little else since he was sixteen but this time he’s determined to stay out. Forced to stay with a stranger or sleep on the streets, Mickey is drawn into a drama which threatens his liberty.
‘Revolving Door’ is a fictional account of one man’s struggle to stay out of prison, but it is based in reality. It takes the reader on a switchback ride between the present day and his childhood.
In writing this book I’ve tried to highlight the difficulties faced by offenders on their release from prison, particularly when they’ve come from a challenging background.

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Probation is being Privatised!

By April next year the majority of the current Probation Service will have been sold off to the private sector.

The new National Probation Service, which will lose approximately 70% of its current staff, will retain the responsibility to enforce community penalties across both sectors, but will only retain the direct management of High Risk of Serious Harm offenders.

In the new world, dreamed up by Chris Grayling, the Government are sleepwalking at an alarming pace into what could become a public nightmare.

By April 2014 there will be 20 private sector ‘holding companies’ which will be mainly staffed by existing Probation staff. These companies will  be run until the autumn, so that they are a ‘going concern’, when the government sells them off.

Meanwhile, the new National Probation Service will be expected to continue to assess the risk of all the offenders who pass through the courts, allocating them to the public or private sector according to the ‘risk of serious harm’ that they pose.

At the moment, all offenders made subject to Community Orders managed by Probation Service, are overseen by experienced professionals who are dedicated to what is a vocational job. But after three years, the private sector companies will be able to change the terms and conditions of the employees that they inherit. This will doubtless mean a reduction in pay and quality of service, with many experienced staff expected to leave within the three year period.

Why are the government doing this, you might ask? Why are they decimating what is accepted as being a good service? Well, the answer is simple…They want to be able to absolve themselves of responsibility when things go wrong. And they want to save money, no matter the cost.

Sadly, the worst thing about all of this, is that the companies who will bid for these contracts are not even reputable. They are just BIG and influential. And if you speak to any of their front line employees, as I have, you will not find a good word being said about them.

Please WAKE UP Chris Grayling. What you are doing is heading for disaster.

Please visit the link below and sign the petition:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44403