01 March 2013
The Ministry of Justice published a consultation paper on changing the way offenders are managed. It proposed to commission providers from the private and voluntary sectors to be responsible for the rehabilitation of offenders, under a system of payment by results, with the statutory probation service retaining responsibility for initial assessment and advice to court and for the management of those offenders who pose a higher risk of serious harm.
ANEC's response expressed concerns about:
- the potential for fragmentation of the probation service and loss of accountability, with responsibility divided between multiple providers; and
- the process of national commissioning with payment by results, which has been insufficiently tested.
The response supports the proposal to extend the scope of rehabilitation to those offenders who are sentenced to less than 12 months in custody.
View the full ANEC response to the Ministry of Justice