Transforming rehabilitation

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.

Our reforms will:

  • Open up the market to a diverse range of rehabilitation providers from the private, voluntary and social sectors (including potential mutuals);
  • Incentivise innovation, paying providers by results for delivering reductions in reoffending;
  • Extend statutory rehabilitation to 45,000 short sentenced offenders released from prison every year, who have the highest reoffending rates and yet currently receive no supervision after release;
  • Reorganise our prisons to resettle offenders ‘through the gate’, with continuous support from custody to community;
  • Create a new public sector National Probation Service, to manage high risk offenders.

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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.

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.

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