The Ministry of Justice have issued a consultation paper setting out the conclusions of an internal review by the Secretary of State of how probation services in England and Wales can be improved. The intention is to ensure probation services are better able to achieve the outcomes in justice that matter to victims and communities: protecting the public, reducing reoffending and ensuring that offenders are properly punished.
The consultation paper sets out clear proposals to meet these aims whilst also achieving better value for money to the taxpayer.
We need services of the right quality and price that are delivered in the right place and at the right time to punish and reform offenders. As such, our proposals directly support our plans to make sentences in the community more credible and effective.