More than 50% of offenders ordered to wear electronic tags break the rules of their court-imposed curfews, a review of the use of tagging has found.
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Ministers will “look very seriously” at a report that suggests more than half of criminals wearing electronic tags break curfews, the home secretary says.
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Should criminals be allowed to serve their sentence in the community instead of prison?
Critics say such punishments are a soft option. But the government has pledged to use community sentences more often.
The BBC’s Jenny Hill met offenders serving time on the outside.
You can watch the film on the BBC News website.
Financial rewards could be given to probation trusts for reducing reoffending under radical new plans.
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The Probation Service as we know it is under threat from a political ideology of private is best. One hundred years of history from Police Court Missionary to National Service and now Trusts. Advise, Assist, Befriend – a mantra to be proud of or a millstone for accusations of being a soft option? Probation Officers or Offender Managers as we are required to call them now? Who do we work with clients, offenders or service users? All real challenging questions as we and the government struggle to find our way through the jungle of what is best and retains the confidence of the public for the continued delivery of services that manage risk, protect the public, change lives and improve the community.
Continue reading “CONNECT… IS PROBATION SUCH A SOFT OPTION FOR COMMUNITY SENTENCES? – Lancashire Probation” »
The government is expected later this year to unveil measures to tackle the problem of record criminal reoffending rates.
Continue reading “Three perspectives on tackling reoffending on Teesside – BBC News” »
The number of people forced to wear electronic tags has spiralled in the Westcountry over the last decade amid concerns the measures are becoming “extremely profitable” for private monitoring companies.
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After what one researcher called, “America’s Imprisonment Binge,” several states have taken steps to reduce their inmate populations.
The ACLU documents examples in which more than 15 states have either passed or are considering bills that would likely take a bite out of prison overcrowding.
Visit the Huffington Politics website to learn more about which states are considering steps for prison reduction.
Britain’s prisons are more overcrowded than ever, with around 16,000 more people in prison than a decade ago.
Continue reading “How governments created overcrowding in jails – Socialist Worker” »
Women account for almost half of the self-harm incidents in prison—even though only 5 percent of prisoners are women.
Continue reading “A system that makes women suffer – Socialist Worker” »
As the crisis in the prison system grows, Julie Sherry shows how prisons do nothing to prevent crime and dehumanise those who end up there.
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