UNISON is campaigning to protect probation in England and Wales from government proposals to break up and privatise the service.
UNISON probation members:
• supervise offenders who are released into the community following prison sentences
• reduce re-offending by managing offenders effectively in the community
• work with the police and other key agencies to safeguard victims of crime
• rehabilitate offenders to acknowledge and make reparation for their crimes
• help offenders to re-settle in communities by helping with accommodation and employment
The Government is rushing through its plans to:
• abolish the 35 existing local probation trusts
• privatise 70% of probation services to companies like Serco and G4S – both of whom are currently under investigation for alleged serious fraud in the running of previous Ministry of Justice contracts.
The Probation Service puts rehabilitation and public safety before profits. It is a cost-effective service – it costs the public £39k a year to keep someone in prison and £12k to supervise them in the community. It is a service that works and is rated “good to exceptional” by the National Offender Management Service with reoffending rates down by 5%. Privatisation will create a fragmented service run by unproven organisations driven by profit.
Please help us keep a Probation Service that protects you.
The Government’s proposals are due to go before Parliament again on 11th November. Please let your MP know that you oppose this reckless privatisation of the Probation Service.