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Byline: Ros Wynne-Jones

Now the Tories have come for the probation service. Supervision of 160,000 "medium-to low-risk" offenders is to be transferred to 21 "community rehabilitation companies" from June 1, with a new national probation service supervising the remaining 65,000 "high-risk" offenders. Some 70% of probation officers will be employed by the private sector by January 2015, according to the National Association of Probation Officers.

By "community rehabilitation companies" the Government means the usual suspects - including controversial welfare-to-work providers A4E, and Capita, which is currently failing to process IDS's Personal Independence Payments on time. No wonder NAPO is leading its members on a 24-hour strike.
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Title Annotation:News; Opinion; Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 21, 2014
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