Monday, 14 November 2016

Cutting Staff Has Consequences


  1. It stikes me as looking abit like a swaztika! Interesting to see that the original meaning of a swaztika prior to the nazis taking it over was 'good fortune'. A strange comparison but could not help but notice it.

  2. So easy to rectify:

    Stop building new prisons.
    Increase community sentences.
    Increase prison officers in prison.
    Increase probation officers in the community. Suitably trained, qualified, paid and respect by their employers, specifically the Ministry of Justice.
    Improve access to jobs, housing and addiction services for ex-offenders, and seal criminal records after rehabilitation periods have passed.

    1. Spot on.instead, and this happening now, tey are slowly but surely replacing po s with untrained inexperienced pso s.po workload is plummeting. By next year, they will be saying, oh we have too many now. Let's get rid. I guarantee, this is the plan. What are the unions doing? Please tell me. Someone.

  3. and fund all of your change programme by implementing its first priority: get rid of NOMS

  4. No spin there, to the point and lethal.

  5. Agree with all the above plus some new thinking/ action for sentencers. Talking of the impact of cuts as regards probation it would be good to read some examples here on this blog of action we have taken or could take to. Ring to the attention of those in charge that when they cut, split and fragment there are consequences. We have seen that talking to these people doesn't work. They are all corporately deaf. But demonstrating the shortcomings of the policies might be more effective. And how do we get those practical demonstration messages past our own line managers and further up the hierarchy?

  6. In a response to a comment about that article the reporter said

    "I read your comments with interest and wish there had been space in my article to include some of the issues you mention -- such as the over-tariff offenders, IPPs and the growing number of recalls to prison which, as you say, have increased since Grayling's Through the Gate scheme was introduced. Unfortunately there wasn't room in this article but I hope to write more about the probation angles in future

    In the meantime, you may be interested in this piece I wrote last year about the problems of incarcerating ageing, demented prisoners. As you rightly mention, this is a huge issue which is creating logistical problems and adding costs to an already-stretched system: Old Crimes, Older Inmates"

    the commenter further replied: -

    "Ok - but without looking at the article - last year was eleven months ago - we get the latest episode of the effects of Trump on share prices several times EVERY day."

    before going on to reference a remark from Churchill's great prison speech when he was Home Secretary in 1910 and parliament was deciding about its spending on criminal justice. That speech included, as I suspect many know: -

    "The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country"

  7. Yep Haton changed the course of discussion and killed the convo