Everything you want to know about probation
The most up-to-date data
This is the latest in my new series of compendiums of the latest data and trends in the criminal justice system. Following compendiums on prisons, sentencing, and offender equalities, this edition focuses on probation.
For the best experience, click through the visualisation at the bottom of this page, this allows you to hover over data points and see the exact data. If you can’t see the visualisation below on your device, you can find it here.
Topics covered include:
- The type of offences people are on probation for
- The decline of community sentences over the last decade
- Caseload figures (including changes in different forms of supervision)
- The offence profile of people on community supervision
- A breakdown of the popularity of different requirements on community orders and suspended sentence orders
- Successful completion rates (and reasons for termination) for community supervision
- The spectacular drop in the number of full Pre-Sentence reports
I hope you find them of use and interest.
Compendium last updated 3 December 2020
Criminal Justice Trends
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Recent Probation Posts
Probation Inspectors rate South West South Central NPS as “good”.
Inspectors rate West Yorkshire CRC as requiring improvement
Jack Cattell of Get The Data Ltd analyses the proposed changes in the private probation contract payment mechanism.
The new prison and probation safety statistics sadly show worst ever figures.
FOI request reveals 627 serious further offences committed by offenders supervised by public and private probation in 2017/18.
Inspectors rate Essex CRC as requiring improvement
Inspectors find the quality of public protection work has deteriorated since TR with the decline most marked in cases supervised by private probation companies.
Very variable response with many vulnerable young people being exploited by gangs and criminalised by the justice system.
The National Probation Service is more likely to undertake well-informed, analytical and personalised assessments of offenders than Community Rehabilitation Companies.
Overall a mixed report from the probation inspectors who rated Merseyside CRC as “requiring improvement”.
Inspectors found CRC staff did not have the skills, experience or time to supervise perpetrators of domestic abuse properly.
New Rapid Evidence Assessment finds likelihood of reoffending “lower for offenders who had been exposed to some type of supervision”.