Tag Archives: Probation

The failure to address real issues


Over the weekend there was a disturbance in Lewes Prison which led to visits by families and friends being cancelled and the involvement of additional officers brought into the prison to bring order back to the wing on which the … Continue reading

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One job at a time


When the Government first introduced the idea of Police and Crime Commissioners, it was a clear attempt to pull together all of the organisational elements of the Criminal Justice System under the political leadership of one person who would in … Continue reading

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Michael Gove is right


The above phrase is one I never expected to write, and yet this morning I wrote the following blog endorsing the statements of the Justice Secretary. However during the day the news cycle brought us an update which is that … Continue reading

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Blue Light Commissioner


According to todays Times the Government is about to extend the role of Police and Crime Commissioners to oversee Fire & Rescue Services. Apart from any Union opposition which the article focuses on, this is a mistake for several reasons. The most fundamental … Continue reading

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That debate and transforming rehabilitation


Apart from the radio excerpts I have yet to watch or listen to the interviews with Paxman and Burley and their two studio guests. Its not that I personally lack interest in watching Miliband and Cameron, but unfortunately I haven’t … Continue reading

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Time well spent


According to statistics some 85-115 Parliamentary Constituencies are relatively safe seats and won’t change political hue in May unless the change of public mind is so immense that it overturns decades of previous track record in this regard. All indications … Continue reading

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What happened to the risk assessment?


Hindsight is a most wonderful tool and often claimed to be in short supply when most needed, but the same cannot be claimed for its cousin, anticipating what might happen under easy to predict circumstances. Where hindsight causes particular problems is when the final outcome … Continue reading

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Two sides to an inspiring story


The majority of the 163,000 charities in England and Wales are small organisations and very local in terms of their field of operations. According to the Charity Commission website 75% of charities have an income that is less than £100,000 and whilst … Continue reading

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PCCs and Probation


It is clear that whilst a debate rages regarding the suitability of G4S and SERCO to bid for probation contracts as part of the ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ reform, that a number of other issues or comments are being lost to the … Continue reading

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Romeo, prepare to be dissapointed


‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ is the name given to the flagship changes in Probation, designed by the coalition Government. There are many concerning elements of these proposals but I write here about one small aspect and unrealistic expectations that the Ministry of Justice has for this huge change.  I often … Continue reading

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