Category Archives: Probation

4000 Probation Staff Continue Strike Action

Thousands of probation staff will continue a 24-hour strike today over Government plans to privatise the service. Members of the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) walked out of offices across England and Wales yesterday at midday in only the fourth strike in the union’s 101-year history. The union previously registered a trade dispute over… Continue Reading

Prisoners Replace Probation Officers Claims Labour

The Coalition is sacking probation officers and paying former prisoners to take their place, Labour claimed today. Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter questioned the costs and merits of the Government’s new prisoner rehabilitation plans. Outlining the proposals in the Commons, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the new policy would mean lower reoffending rates by ensuring… Continue Reading


Newly released prisoners face being banned from moving around the country when they leave jail to ensure they attend rehabilitation programmes, the Justice Secretary told MPs today. Chris Grayling told the House of Commons Justice Committee that he did not want offenders to lose the support of probation services if they “travel 200 miles up… Continue Reading


Prisoners serving sentences under 12 months could be forced to undertake a period of rehabilitation upon release for the first time. As part of a “rehabilitation revolution”, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said he intends to legislate so short custodial sentences will include a period of rehab in a bid to curb reoffending. Inmates serving under… Continue Reading