Owl says: Privatisation was supposed to be the answer … not the problem!
“Probation services are set to be renationalised as the Government prepares to accept its experiment has failed.
An announcement on how supervision of thousands of offenders will return to the National Probation Service is expected in weeks.
Reforms introduced by Chris Grayling when he was Justice Secretary have cost taxpayers almost £500million and led to an increase in murders committed by criminals.
Sources said the news could be broken as early as Thursday.
… The Ministry of Justice began partially privatising the probation service in 2013.
It involved 21 “community rehabilitation companies” monitoring people released from jail after serving short sentences. But the Government announced last year their contracts would end in 2020 – 14 months early.
Dame Glenys Stacey, the Chief Inspector of Probation, has previously described the current model as “irredeemably flawed”.
She told MPs on the Commons Justice Committee yesterday there were “deep-seated, systemic issues”.
She said it was “remarkably difficult” to condense probation into a set of contractual measures.
The Mirror revealed this year that 225 people had been murdered by convicted criminals being monitored by firms since privatisation.
The toll soared to 71 last year from 42 in 2015, shortly after Mr Grayling introduced the changes. …”