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Offender management report

A think-tank is calling for what it calls a whole-system approach to offender management, where powers, resources, and decisions are transferred to the local level. In the long term, the IPPR says in a report, city region mayors – or outside of city regions police and crime commissioners (PCCs) – should have responsibility over probation services and custody budgets for short-sentence, young, and women offenders. In this parliament, given that CRC contracts are now ‘locked in’ until beyond 2020, there is less scope for radical reform. Where there is appetite, however, local areas should be able to bid for controls over custody budgets (for certain cohorts), commissioning of ‘secure schools’, and further co-commissioning powers, says the think-tank.

This programme of reform would create incentives for local areas to invest in preventative services and alternatives to custody, facilitate closer partnership working between agencies, and provide greater scope for innovative ways of reducing reoffending, it says. Outside of city regions police and crime commissioners (PCCs) – should have responsibility over probation services and custody budgets for short-sentence, young, and women offenders to join-up the system and increase incentives to reduce re-offending. Offender management in England and Wales is in need of serious reform, the report argues.

For the full report, visit http://www.ippr.org/files/publications/pdf/a-whole-system-approach-Dec16.pdf?noredirect=1.


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