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Creating a safe, just and democratic society Probation in England and Wales: Transforming Rehabilitation STREAM Final Conference – 24 th Oct 2014 Natalie.

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1 creating a safe, just and democratic society Probation in England and Wales: Transforming Rehabilitation STREAM Final Conference – 24 th Oct 2014 Natalie Woodier Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, Ministry of Justice

2 Introduction Drivers Reduce Reoffending Innovation & efficiencies Diversify Suppliers Structure National Probation Servicers (NPS) Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRS) Legislation Supervision Licence Conditions Breach Process Next Steps Announcement of preferred bidders Contract management

3 Summary of the Reforms 35 Probation Trusts = 1 National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) NPS will retain ultimate responsibility High Risk offenders for public protection, working in partnerships. The majority of low and medium risk offenders will be managed by CRCs who will be independent providers from the voluntary/private sectors or mutual. The CRCs will come from a diverse range of organisation encompassing private, public, volunteer sector and mutuals. This will help to drive innovation, enable efficiencies and community involvement. Legislative changes including; extending supervision to sentences under 12 months. Resettlement prisons – to improve the way offenders reintegrate back into communities Payment by Results (PBR) - a part of payment for providers based on success of reducing reoffending.

4 The Drivers

5 35 Probation Trusts The New Structure Pre 1 June Post 1 June – NEW STRUCTURE NOMS National Probation Service Sub-contracts 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies Supply chain High ROSH offenders Advice to court Decisions on breach Low / Medium ROSH offenders Sub-contracts Sub- contracts Supply chain

6 Transforming Rehabilitation – Contract Package Areas London (31,000) Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire (12,000) Northumbria (5,000) Cumbria and Lancashire (8,000) Merseyside (6,000) Greater Manchester and Cheshire (16,000) Staffordshire and West Midlands (16,000) Wales (14,000) Essex (6,000) Norfolk and Suffolk (5,000) South Yorkshire (6,000) West Yorkshire (10,000) North Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire (8,000) West Mercia & Warwickshire (4,000) Thames Valley (6,000) Gloucester, Wiltshire & Avon and Somerset (9,000) Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgshire and Hertfordshire (10,000) Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset (6,000) Hampshire (6,000) Durham & Cleveland (6,000) Surrey, Sussex and Kent (11,000)

7 National Probation Service (NPS) The NPS is part of NOMS, its key functions are: Managing offenders who pose the highest risk of serious harm; NPS is structured into 7 geographical divisions; Providing advice to courts on sentencing and risk assessment; Working in partnership with CRC’s in cases of escalating risk; Key decisions on breach and recall; Retaining statutory victim liaison and;

8 New Probation Regions – Example West Yorkshire CRC South Yorkshire CRC Northumbria CRC Durham & Tees Valley CRC N Yorkshire, Humberside & Lincolnshire CRC NPS North East

9 What will Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) do? Responsible for managing low and medium risk of harm cases Deliver the sentence of the court for each offender allocated to them Required to identify change in risk and where there escalation, refer the case to the NPS. CRCs will be required to ensure that all sentence requirements or licence conditions/supervision requirements are delivered for the offenders they manage. Opportunity to engage with most offenders before their release so they can provide “through the gate” support – working with resettlement prisons The package of rehabilitative support CRCs provide to each offender will be for them to determine, meeting core principal requirements.

10 Offender Rehabilitation Act For offenders serving custodial sentences of more than 1 day but less than 12 months it extends the release on licence conditions Creates a new supervision period for all offenders released from custodial sentences of less than 2 years. This allows for a range of requirements to be imposed on the offender to support them moving away from crime. Every eligible offender will receive 12 months of supervision in the community after release. Creates a new process for magistrates’ courts to deal with breaches of the supervision period. It includes up to 14 days in custody as well as fines, unpaid work and curfews – that can be applied where a breach is proved. Creates a new requirement for offenders who are supervised in the community after release to attend drug appointments.

11 Next steps Final stages of competitions – announcement of preferred bidders Finalise implementation of contract management Mobilisation of contracts starts at contract signature Once a sale in completed the Through the Gate model goes live after a mobilisation period

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