Restructuring of the National Offender Management Service

Restructuring of the National Offender Management Service

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The National Offender Management Service directly manages 117 public prisons, manages the contracts of 14 private prisons, and is responsible for a prisoner population of around 86, 000. It commissions and funds services from 35 probation trusts, which oversee approximately 165, 000 offenders serving community sentences. For 2012-13, the Agency's budget is Ap3, 401 million. The Agency achieved its savings targets of Ap230 million in 2011-12 and maintained its overall performance, despite an increase in the prison population. However, the Agency's savings targets of Ap246 million in 2012-13, Ap262 million in 2013-14 and Ap145 million in 2014-15 are challenging. The Agency believes it has scope to make the prison estate more efficient by closing older, more expensive prisons and investing in new ones. These plans, however, assume the prison population will stay at its current level. Furthermore, the Agency has not yet secured the up-front funding for the voluntary redundancies needed to bring down prison staffing costs. Unless overcrowding is addressed and staff continue to carry out offender management work it is increasingly likely that rehabilitation work needed to reduce the risk of prisoners reoffending will not be provided. The Agency has not done enough to address the risks to safety, decency and standards in prisons and in community services arising from staffing cuts implemented to meet financial targets. The Agency plans to increase the role of private firms and the third sector in probation but the probation trusts don't appear to have the infrastructure and skills they need to commission probation services from these providers effectivelyThirty-fifth Report of Session 2012-13, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: ... It seems to me that there is a risk inherent in moving people to courses, isna#39;t there? ... prisoners we are trying to keep close to home, because that is where they are best served for resettlement purposes, and ... How much do you estimate is the cost of that failure to give prisoners on those kinds of sentences access to courses and programmes that they require?

Title:Restructuring of the National Offender Management Service
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-03-05


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