Showing support for NAPO and the Probation Service

Sarah showed her support for the Probation Service by attending a rally of the National Association of Probation Officers (NAPO) at Westminster on 9th October. Over 250 NAPO and Unison members were present for the event, along with some 40 MPs. Sarah is dismayed that the Ministry of Justice plans to privatise up to 70 per cent of probationÔÇÖs core work, an agenda which is being rushed through Parliament ahead of the GovernmentÔÇÖs planned sell-off next year.┬á Sarah, along with NAPO and the Howard League, is concerned that the sale will lead to redundancies in what had been considered a ÔÇÿgold standardÔÇÖ service with an excellent track record.

Moreover, she feels that the outsourcing of these vital services could create a genuine risk to public safety.

ÔÇ£This could create a ÔÇÿrace to the bottomÔÇÖ in the handling of offenders, whereby rehabilitation is axed in favour of cheaper approaches. The net effect will be more lower-level crime on our streetsÔÇØ she added.

Sarah has already tabled questions to the Minister and will be actively pursuing this campaign.