Headlines: August 11th, 1998

The Home Office has announced plans to re-align prison and probation services so that boundaries match those of other key organisations working to crack crime and disorder.

Consultation will be open until the end of November over the proposals, which
include the creation of a unified national probation service to ensure effective
enforcement of community punishments, re-naming the Probation Sevice to
reflect more accurately its role at the heart of the Criminal Justice system, and
reorganising existing Probation Service boundaries to match those of local police forces, courts, councils and the voluntary sector.

Launching the consultation paper Prison and Probation Minister Lord Williams of Mostyn said: “The aim of this consultation is to ensure we get the best out of our Prison and Probation services in order to reduce offending and protect the public.

“Specific measures such as reorganising probation services’ boundaries to align them with those of other criminal justice agencies will enable services to work together and help establish a partnership approach to dealing with offenders in the community.”