Join the Probation and Judicial Matters Network

Sharing many of the same values and objectives, the Probation Institute and Magistrates’ Association are working together to promote the learning and development of justice professionals. To help support this we are establishing a Probation and Judicial Matters Network, to provide a platform for those who deliver probation services, magistrates and others with an interest, to come together, both online and at seminars, workshops or other appropriate events. The objectives of the network are to ...

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Government prison reforms not deep enough to be effective says Probation Institute

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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Workshop highlights potential for electronic monitoring to support desistance

Although often used for public protection and as a punishment alternative to prison, electronic monitoring also has a powerful role to play in supporting positive life changes for service users.  That was one of the key issues that probation practitioners were keen to learn more about in a day-long Probation Institute workshop on electronic monitoring this month. The event, held at Conway Hall in London, attracted leaders from across the criminal justice sector, including Community ...

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Community sentences: the UK picture since 2000

Catherine Heard, Policy and Research Associate at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, asks why increased use of community sentences has not led to a corresponding fall in prison numbers. Her report forms part of an ongoing comparative project funded by the European Commission: Alternatives to Custody in Europe (ACE)1 which compares law and practice across eight EU states: Italy, France, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Over the past decade, the Centre for Crime and ...

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