This is the Centre for Justice Innovation’s response to the Strengthening Probation, Building Confidence consultation held by the Ministry of Justice.
The response lays out the Centre’s vision for a strategy for effective community supervision.
Firstly, to maximise public safety, we have set out what effective community supervision ought to look like.
- Improving the relationship between the courts and probation;
- Making the court experience fairer to promote desistance;
- Reducing the intensity and length of community sentences for low-risk offenders;
- Improving the quality of supervision for medium and high risk offenders;
- Testing new approaches to improving compliance with community sentences that offer timely and proportionate sanctions;
- Expanding the use of electronic monitoring as an additional tool for use in supervision;
- Reducing the use of short prison sentences, including introducing a presumption against very short prison sentences.
Secondly, if we are to deliver this strategy for effective community supervision, we need to:
- Restructure probation to realign around police force areas with a mixed funding formula in which Police and Crime Commissioners, local authorities and central Government all fund new probation areas;
- We call on the government to reintegrate probation across the whole of England;
- Give probation a national voice, by emulating the model of the Youth Justice Board.