by Tim Lezard Changes to the probation service may have contributed to two murders, according to Napo. The union has written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to highlight its concern about the changes, claiming that in one case a man who killed his …

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Changes to the probation service may have contributed to two murders, according to Napo.

The union has written to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to highlight its concern about the changes, claiming that in one case a man who killed his partner had been under the supervision of an “overworked” trainee officer and in another a probation officer was “unable to spent sufficient time” working with an offender, who then committed a murder.

Napo says there are serious risks to public safety posed by the government’s proposal to sell off 70% of the probation service, and is challenging Grayling’s decision to sell off 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies through a Judicial Review due to be heard 10th December 2014.

The union believes that failing IT systems, staff shortages and the fact that the reforms have never been piloted will lead to serious further offending, risk issues such as safeguarding children will be missed by overworked staff and the performance of the service will be reduced.

 

The Secretary of State is due to appear in front of the Justice Select Committee this morning. Napo anticipates that Grayling will announce his decision to move to share sale despite growing concerns from the unions and other stakeholders in the justice sector.

 


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