Just one of the small problems the MoJ has in trying to get the privatisation of probation to work under a Payment by Result system is the very annoying fact that released prisoners sometimes move. This topic came up at the stakeholder event I attended with potential bidders for 'through the gate' services becoming increasingly vexed at how they were to be paid if the client moved away?
The civil servants were scratching their heads, whilst some of us just shook our heads in disbelief, but the minister has come up with a very simple answer - they won't be allowed to move! When Chris Grayling gave evidence to the Justice Affairs Select Committee the other day, as reported here in the Guardian, he told them:-
Newly released prisoners will be banned from moving around the country when they leave jail to ensure they complete rehabilitation programmes, Chris Grayling has told MPs.