Hertfordshire probation boss: Government plans have caused ‘sadness and frustration’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 May 2013

Tessa Webb

Tessa Webb


“MISGIVINGS” about sweeping probation changes have been voiced by a Herts crime chief.

Tessa Webb, chief executive of the Herts Probation Trust, has said a Government shake-up has caused “sadness and frustration”.

The comments came after Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced more than 50,000 short-sentence prisoners a year nationally are to be given 12-month compulsory supervision orders run by private companies and charities.

Mrs Webb said: “I won’t deny there is much sadness and frustration within the probation community.

“It is a service that has existed for over a century and is held in high regard internationally, leading the way on best practice.

“However the austerity measures are demanding radical changes from all public services, and probation is no exception.

“Managing this scale of transformation at this speed is going to be highly challenging, but we are a responsible, positive skilled work-force and will do our very best, despite our misgivings about the approach, risks and affordability.”

The Government says the changes are designed to drive down re-offending rates.

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