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Probation reform

16th May 2013

Last week, the UK justice secretary, Chris Grayling, announced his plan to reduce reoffending. Private companies and charities will ‘supervise’ offenders for 12 months following their release from prison to stop them breaking the law. While it is not entirely clear what such ‘supervision’ will entail, Grayling anticipates that every prisoner leaving jail – even those on very short sentences– will have to complete an additional year of monitoring by a government-approved supervisor. These supervisors will assist the offender in finding work or staying off drugs or alcohol, but if the offender were to commit another offence during that time, he or she could be returned to prison immediately, irrespective of whether the new offence would itself warrant a custodial sentence.

 

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