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Prisoner probation plan attacked

Senior probation officers have criticised the Government's plans for every offender leaving prison to serve a minimum of 12 months under supervision in the community.

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Biggest re-organisation of prison system in 20 years

Re-offending rates have barely changed in a decade with more than 58% of prisoners serving fewer than 12 months committing further crime within a year of release.

Because of this, the Government is to undertake the biggest re-organisation of the prison system in more than 20 years:

  • A network of around 70 "resettlement prisons" will be created so nearly all offenders are released into the area in which they will live and be supervised
  • This will make it harder for offenders to move homes while they are under supervision to ensure continuity in the support they receive
  • England and Wales will be divided into 21 areas, which align with local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioner areas
  • Private and voluntary sector organisations will then be invited to bid for work in these areas

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