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Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan criticised Chris Grayling's plans for privately-contracted probation services:
Mr Khan said that every Probation Trust in the country was rated either good or exceptional by the Government in 2011, and warned that Mr Grayling's proposals risked replacing them with private firms such as G4S.
Prisoners serving sentences under 12 months will be forced to undertake a period of rehabilitation upon release for the first time under proposed reforms revealed today.
As part of a "rehabilitation revolution", Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said short custodial sentences will include a period of rehab in a bid to curb reoffending.
Detailing the plans, Mr Grayling said:
Probation reform proposals unveiled today by the Justice Secretary include plans for private contractors to provide services under "payment by results" deals.
Chris Grayling said: "We know across the public, private and voluntary sectors there is a wealth of expertise and experience - we need to unlock that so we can finally begin to bring down our stubbornly high reoffending rates.
"Our proposals will see all of those sentenced to prison or probation properly punished while being helped to turn away from crime for good. They will also mean we only spend taxpayers' money on what works when it comes to cutting crime."
The reforms will see the public sector probation service continue to deal with the most high risk offenders, including all serious sexual and violent offenders.