Most of the focus this week was on the probation service, especially on Tuesday 17th. On that day, HMI Probation published its thematic inspection into supply chains which formally confirmed that Transforming Rehabilitation's aspiration to involve more voluntary sector organisations in work with offenders had completely failed to materialise, rather the sector had shrunk through lack of funding from cash-strapped CRCs.
On the same day both the probation and prison chief inspectors and Prisons and Probation Minister, Rory Stewart, gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee on Transforming Rehabilitation and how best to fix it.
In prison news, there was another critical inspection report and another disturbance.
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Voluntary sector less involved than ever
Chief Inspectors & Rory Stewart give evidence
Co-produced rehabilitation model
Invasion of privacy or smart strategy?
Very high levels of mental health problems
Protest about bang-up
Impact of Legal Aid cuts
Nick Cohen article
Closing date 4 May
Closing date 14 May