Transforming Rehabilitation is a reform programme that is changing the way offenders are managed in the community to bring down reoffending rates while continuing to protect the public.
The key aspects of the reforms are:
- creating a new public sector National Probation Service to work with the most high-risk offenders
- forming 21 new Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) to turn round the lives of medium and low-risk offenders
- giving statutory supervision and rehabilitation in the community to every offender released from custody, including 50,000 of the most prolific group of offenders (those sentenced to less than 12 months in custody)
- establishing a nationwide ‘through the prison gate’ resettlement service to give most offenders continuity of support from custody into the community; a network of resettlement prisons will ensure that offenders continue to be managed by the same provider as they move from custody into the community
- opening up the market to a diverse range of new rehabilitation providers to get the best out of the public, voluntary and private sectors and giving them the flexibility to do what works
- only paying providers in full for real reductions in reoffending.
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Full details of the reform plans are set out in the government’s consultation response Transforming Rehabilitation: A Strategy for Reform. Transforming Rehabilitation is driven by the Ministry of Justice and Home Office’s Reducing reoffending and improving rehabilitation policy.
Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014
On 13 March 2014, the Offender Rehabilitation Bill received Royal Assent.
The new Act means that for the first time virtually all offenders will receive at least 12 months supervision in the community on release from custody.
The provisions in the Act will be implemented as part of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. Providers are expected to be in place and delivering services by 2015.
The Act and explanatory notes can be downloaded from the UK Parliament website.
Supporting documentation including the impact assessment is on the gov.uk website.