There’s a knack to being in the right place at the right time and looking like the kind of person who’s meant to be there. It’s particularly tricky for some people on probation. Think about Alice (1) down the rabbit hole, faced with a whole load of doors that she couldn’t fit through. Luckily for her there was some stuff lying around with a couple of clues (‘drink me’, ‘eat me’) so she could change her size to fit through. Even in the right place, though, saying or doing the wrong thing can be ...

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Sharing many of the same values and objectives, the Probation Institute and Magistrates Association have agreed to work together to support the learning and development of justice professionals. This will support better outcomes for those in the criminal justice system, whether as offenders or victims, supporting confidence in community justice and safer communities. A new joint “Probation and Judicial Matters Professional Network” is to be set up that will include magistrates, probation and ...

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The Probation Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its Academic Advisory Panel, which will have responsibility to develop and sustain relationships with academic partners, as well as support the work of the Institute’s Research Committee. The Panel, chaired by Emerita Professor Anne Worrall, FPInst, Keele University, consists of university experts who are recognized for their contributions to probation-related research. Professor Worrall said: “I welcome the establishment of the ...

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A new paper on ‘Prison Reform’ by the Probation Institute has been published setting out some of the benefits and drawbacks in the government’s recently announced prison reforms. The key points in the report are that: The Prison population is unsustainably high Governor autonomy on its own is not enough to reduce reoffending rates Justice reinvestment and sentencing reform are required to achieve reductions in re-offending The report concludes that prison reform, including ...

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The Probation Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new fellows: Lol Burke | Editor of Probation Journal, writer and former probation officer Paul Davies | Specialist legal adviser justice and probation Paul Hindson | Working Links Managing Director for UK Justice Heather Munro OBE | Former Chief Executive of London Probation Trust Alan Plumb | Career probation & rehabilitation training specialist Dave Walton | Former Chief Officer and pioneer of Integrated ...

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