Jane Kennedy, Police Commissioner for Merseyside, has met with Merseyside Probation Trust Chief Executive Annette Hennessy, to discuss changes to offender management throughout England and Wales, following the publication of the Ministry of Justice’s document ‘Transforming Rehabilitation: a Strategy for Reform’.
The reforms will see the creation of a national public sector probation service that will work alongside 21 contract package area providers across the UK. Merseyside will form one of the dedicated contract package areas, and a large amount of offender management services will be transferred from Probation Trusts to service providers from the private and voluntary sectors.
Commissioner Kennedy has already demonstrated her commitment to reducing re-offending on Merseyside by providing funding for the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project; a scheme run by the prison service and Sefton CVS for prisoners at HMP Liverpool serving non-statutory sentences. This service is geared towards reducing re-offending and increasing opportunities for offenders to access training, employment and substance misuse support.
Jane Kennedy said, “It is vital that all those within the criminal justice system work together to make sure these changes do not have a detrimental effect on reducing crime. Moving forward, it will be necessary for partners from all sectors to provide a coordinated and innovative approach to offender management. I am committed to playing my part in this and I will continue to work closely with the Probation Trust as they prepare for the changes.”