Proposed Overhaul of the Probation Service

The BBC today reports on the Government's proposed overhaul of the probation service which will see low risk offenders supervised by the private sector and voluntary organisations.

Prisoners serving short sentences of less than twelve months will also be subject to compulsory rehabilitation for the first time.

The successful bidders for the contracts will be paid based on cutting re-offending but the proposals do not say how this will be judged.

The probation service, who are openly critical of the new proposals will continue to supervise  high risk offenders.
According to Government figures featured in the BBC article, in 2011, a record number of offenders sentenced for serious crimes were found to have committed previous offences.

Some 90% of those sentenced in England and Wales had offended before - and almost a third had committed or were linked to 15 or more crimes.