Transforming Rehabilitation programme has failed against every aim and forced government to give loss-making contractors £342million
'The government must overhaul its “mess” of a botched programme to privatise probation that is failing against every measure and may threaten public safety, MPs have said.
An eight month inquiry by the Justice Committee found that the controversial Transforming Rehabilitation scheme had created a “two-tier” service seeing vital services outsourced to loss-making contractors.
The damning report said that some private Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) are monitoring offenders on the telephone, with overstretched staff handling up to 150 cases each.
Meanwhile, convicts are being made to carry out “meaningless” unpaid work like moving mud from one pile to another in graveyards, or turning up to placements and finding no one there.
While CRCs are meant to ensure prisoners are freed with accommodation, employment and financial support, the Justice Committee found many were being kicked out of jails homeless and with just £46 to last for several weeks.
Committee chair Bob Neill said the 2014 Transforming Rehabilitation programme had failed to meet its aims to reduce reoffending and improve the management of offenders.
“We are unconvinced that Transforming Rehabilitation will ever deliver the kind of probation service we need,” the Conservative MP and barrister added.
“Hard working and dedicated staff are doing their best with a probation system that is currently a mess.”'
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