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Charlotte Pickles, Deputy Director and Head of Research, wrote an article for Policing Insight after the launch of Reform‘s report on devolving criminal justice services (Local commissioning, local services: devolving offender management).
She argues that in order to achieve the government’s aim of reducing prisoner reoffending rates, the announcement of Reform Prisons should only be the first step of a more radical change programme. In it, all offender management services, including prison places, probation, and mental health and addiction treatment, should be commissioned locally by Police and Crime Commissioners. This would mean scrapping or streamlining the national institutions that currently run or oversee prison and probation services.
“Evidence shows success in rehabilitating offenders requires consistent and integrated interventions. And effective resettlement means local solutions to the drivers of offending behaviour. The Government should be commended on their determination to make prisons work, but success requires much better join up between prisons and probation.”
Read the full article here.