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Probation to be renationalised

The supervision of offenders in the community is to be undertaken by the state once again after Grayling reforms.

The supervision of all offenders in the community is to be undertaken by the state in a major renationalisation of the probation sector in England and Wales, just five years after Chris Grayling introduced a widely derided programme of privatisation while Justice Secretary.

Under his shake-up in 2014, the probation sector was separated into a public sector organisation managing high-risk criminals and 21 private companies responsible for the supervision of 150,000 low- to medium-risk offenders.

Following criticism from MPs, inspectorates and former probation officers, Justice Secretary David Gauke has decided to bring all offender management under the National Probation Service (NPS) by spring 2021. He said the private sector would still play a part in the provision of services, with £280m worth of contracts for rehabilitation services such as the provision of unpaid work and accredited programmes. But the core function of the service, supervising and managing about 250,000 offenders in the community, will once again be publicly provided.

Read: The Guardian – Probation will be renationalised after disastrous Grayling Reforms