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Privatising probation 'safety risk' WARNING.

UNIONS have warned plans to privatise parts of the probation service could put public safety at risk.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants contractors to provide a system of "payment by results" contracts as part of a shake-up.

But union Napo has warned the move will "compromise public protection".

Under the same plans prisoners serving sentences under 12 months will have to go into rehab upon release in a bid to stop reoffending.

At the moment they do it on a voluntary basis and are otherwise released into the community with no supervision or support.

Mr Grayling said: "We send people out of prison with PS46 in their pocket, and no support. No wonder we have high levels of reoffending."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2013
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