Probation Service Privatisation

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31 Oct 2013

Hundreds of convicted criminals in the South Yorkshire area, many of them guilty of serious crimes including robbery, sex attacks and burglaries, could soon be supervised by G4S and Serco, as the Government privatises the Probation Service.

Up to now the Government has refused to reveal how many serious and violent offenders would be put in the hands of private companies, but a Freedom of Information request has revealed the true scale of their plans in our local area.

The Freedom of Information request has revealed the number of offenders currently being supervised by highly trained professional probation officers that will be off-loaded to private companies. In South Yorkshire that means over 7,500 offenders in the hands of the likes of G4S and Serco.

You can’t take risks with public safety yet this is precisely what the Government is doing with their reckless plans to privatise the Probation Service. Handing over supervision for serious and violent offenders to the same companies that time and again let down the taxpayer is a recipe for disaster.

The public need to be confident that those under supervision in our communities aren’t part of some giant experiment. Yet the Government is running scared – they have not brought their plans before Parliament, instead choosing to rush ahead at breakneck speed and impose their untried and untested privatisation on our communities.