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On Probation

Probation Union NAPO’s justice priorities

My final policy for the day would be to commission a review of NOMS. Ever since its inception it has been criticised as a bureaucratic, expensive and unnecessary arm of the MOJ. I would be asking senior NOMS managers some difficult questions such as: what does it actually offer? Why do we need it? And if we do, then how can we make it more diverse, more affordable, more accountable to public scrutiny and more efficient?

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On Probation

If Jim Brown were Justice Secretary

In times of austerity it becomes more important than ever to acknowledge that safe and decent prisons only come about by listening to staff and inmates. I would seek to dismantle the present MoJ command and control structure and return to a position where Governors have authority to innovate and find local solutions that can improve each regime as they see fit.

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Why I Tweet

Jonathan Ledger (@jonathan_napo) General Secretary of Probation Trade Union NAPO, on why he tweets (#WIT27)

Jonathan Ledger (@jonathan_napo) General Secretary of Probation Trade Union NAPO, on why he tweets.   Early Convert I was an early convert to Twitter inasmuch that I registered on it in the early days (when even Stephen Fry had just a few hundred followers) but I remained inactive, and uninterested, for some years. It was the start ofNapo’s Centenary in 2012 which prompted me to get involved and it would be fair to say that

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On Probation

@ZoeStaffsGMPT: Why I tweet (WIT#2)

@ZoeStaffsGMPT is a well-known probation tweeter, admired for her commitment to her work and the dryness of her wit – she has written movingly about what she has learnt from being a probation officer. She is the second contributor (and first probation tweeter) in this “Why I tweet” series which features a range of criminal justice Tweeters and asks them to describe in their own words why they tweet, what they get out of tweeting

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