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Secretary of State
The Essex CRC Newsletter for the Courts
Minister of Justice
event takes place in
Look who's taking the
‘Ice Bucket Challenge'
Statistics show a
marked rise in drugs
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Notes from MARY ARCHER, OBE
I recently posted my centenary Blog, in
Helping to inform future Inspections
which I mentioned my recent office visits.
Having recently hosted a visit by the
Part of the reason for the visits was to get
Justice Minister Chris Grayling, we have
the information I need from staff to talk to been asked to meet the new Chief
the CRC's new owners – when we know
Inspector of Probation, Paul McDowell. He
who those new owners are. There have
will learn more about
been plenty of rumours circulating about
CRCs' perspectives on the
who the bidders for the CRC might be and
changes and how they
when we will know who has been selected,
will play into the way
and I've tried to be very clear that nobody
future inspections are
actually knows outside of the bid selection
team, nor when the announcement will bemade.
I'm telling staff and partners everything Iknow that I'm able to pass on, but there'svery little I know that I can pass on.
We still don't know when theannouncement will come. I'm keeping aclose eye on things, and the day we findout, I'll probably Facetime the news withstaff in the offices.
Probation Focus - October 2014
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Secretary of State visits Essex:
we update the Minister of Justice
Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor,
Chris Grayling, paid a visit to Essex CRC's
Headquarters in Witham last month to seek views
about the Transition, our current situation, and our
aims going forward.
He revealed his own thinking to both CommunityRehabilitation Company and National ProbationService staﬀ, in two separate meetings. The thirdinvolved Essex CRC's Senior Management Team.
Staﬀ informed him of the challenges they had neededto overcome and the issues still facing them in thecoming months.
He listened to some of the detail involved in achievingthe vital links between CRC and NPS.
Established systems and processes are crucial inmaintaining cohesion between the two, and we arestill working to make these as good as possible.
All three meetings were achieved in the space of twohours, before the Minister and his team followed up
The Minister meets CRC staff (above),
and saying hello to Chief Executive Mary Archer OBE
with a visit to Chelmsford Prison.
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Explaining who we are and what we do:
two events reach out to partnership organisations
The task of explaining our work and the changes aﬀecting Probation services in
Essex continued at a partnership event held in Basildon, last month. It followed a
similar event in Witham, in July.
Public and other Sector representatives met
members of the CRC Board, Executive team and
managers to discuss the impact of TR on
probation services in Essex.
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Central Delivery Unit takes the
HR & Training Manager
Sam Mott goes first, before
who in turn (bravely)nominated.
.Chief Executive, Mary Archer OBE
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keeping our foot on the gas!
Looking at our current Scorecard, Board members acknowledged that, although we have
seen dips lately, given the organisational change in April and May, we aren't doing too badly.
Essex CRC and NPS-
We're looking to improve aspects around: Successful completions Licence recall requests Accredited Programmes Sustained
Essex – the Interface
Employment Bridge commencements MARI commencements MARI completions ETE completions
Deputy Chief Executives Gill Hirst and Alex Osler meet
Percentages of caseloads reviewed in the last six months
regularly with Shirley Kennerson and David Messam,
The hard work continues. There may eventually be some tweaks to our targets, given that we
Assistant Directors in the NPS, for fruitful discussions
are now a smaller organisation, but they will be tweaks and not massive changes.
regarding the way we link and work with one another.
Managers are being encouraged to raise issues which couldbe helped by this process.
Uninitiated people looking at the split between CRC and NPS might assume thatpublic protection cases belong with the NPS. But we all know that we will stillhave complex, demanding cases which have all the same elements of publicinterest in them, and need managing as mindfully and carefully as we alwayshave to ensure public protection.
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More than 80 bids to win regional rehabilitation
contracts are currently being evaluated by the
government. The competition winners will lead the
After the bidders met the end‐June deadline for entry, oﬃcials at the MoJ
21 new Community Rehabilitation Companies.
decided there was more information they need, and re‐framed some of theirquestions. The bidders submitted new answers.
There is an average of four bidders for each area.
More than half of the bidders include a charity,
The timescale for now is that contracts will be awarded at the end of this year.
mutual or social enterprise. Eight potential staﬀ
They must be signed by February, when the pre‐election ‘purdah'1 starts and
organisations are competing for a share of the
no more business can take place.
1Purdah, (originally used to describe the seclusion of women in religious practices and culture) is usedin politics to describe the period before an election when government is prevented from announcing
A limit has been put in place that will prevent any
new legislation and undertaking certain pieces of work which could in theory (and sometimes prac‐
organisation from winning more than 25% of the total
tice) influence the result of the election.
value of the competition, to ensure a diverse range ofproviders that will encourage quality and innovation.
Almost 1,000 organisations, including 700 listed asvoluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE),have put themselves forward to work with the chosenproviders to develop new ways of reducing
reoﬀending and protecting the public.
Pay is currently £111k underspent, but that will soon disappear
– as we are recruiting and aim to be fully staﬀed by December.
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Policing: a postcode lottery?
A member of the public will receive a diﬀerent response from the
leading to long-term reductions over the last ten years.
police for the same kind of crime or incident, depending on
However, we were concerned to ﬁnd that a member of the
where they live, according to a report by HM Inspectorate of
public will receive a diﬀerent response from the police for
the same type of crime or incident, depending on where
The report, Inspection into crime prevention, police attendance
they live. This sort of postcode lottery has to stop and a
and the use of police time, looked at three principal aspects of
consistent approach applied across England and Wales."
day-to-day policing: the prevention of crime; how crime is
HMIC was concerned by the signiﬁcant variation in the way
investigated and oﬀenders are brought to justice; and freeing up
in which forces approach police attendance in response to
and using police time more eﬃciently.
calls from the public and that almost half of all forces were
HMI Roger Baker, who led the inspection, said: "Police forces have
unable to provide details of the reported crimes that they
done a good job in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour,
Report looks at
for poor behaviour, formal
should be recorded, investigated and
The impact of signiﬁcant disruption
adjudications, and punishments for
acted upon, to protect the apparent
on the well-being and safety of already
deaths in custody breaches of prison rules.
victim and address the behaviour of the
vulnerable prisoners should be fully
Many had spent time in segregation or
alleged bully or bullies.
considered in decisions to relocate
An investigation by the Prison and
on the basic level of the incentives and
Managing risk, treating mental health them.
Probation Ombudsman of
earned privileges scheme (IEP),
and managing behaviour need to be
Mental health care and referrals
80 cases of self-
privations which inevitably reduced
need to be made and acted on in a
protective factors such as social
Young adults often have strong
timely and consistent fashion.
interaction and activities. For the more
attachments to their families and
adults in custody,
challenging and complex individuals, it
Those subject to, or under threat of,
partners and their lack of life experience
going back to
was also rare for the diﬀerent aspects of
deportation can experience signiﬁcant
can mean they are more emotionally
2007, found that
discipline, safety and healthcare to
distress. Attention should be paid to the
aﬀected by the break-up of relationships
receive consistent and multi-disciplinary
possibility that their risk of suicide and
and family bereavements. Prisons need
self-harm is raised and they should have
to take this into account when assessing
access to interpretation and translation
Lessons to be learned:
services, immigration advice or legal
Indications and allegations of bullying
representation as needed.
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Drugs poisoning deaths:
new stats published
Fingerprint evidence has been helping the police
increased by 23%, from 1,0177 in 2012 to
solve crime for about 100 years, and now a new
technique could reveal vital clues about a
Heroin/morphine remain the substances
suspect's activities hours before the crime took
most commonly involved in drug poisoning
deaths. 765 deaths involved heroin/morphine
In a unique trial scientists from Sheﬃeld Hallam
in 2013; a sharp rise of 32% from 579 deaths
University have joined forces with West Yorkshire
Police to analyse ﬁngerprints taken from crime
Deaths involving Tramadol (220) were 2.5x
scenes for substances hidden
the number seen in 2009 (87).
within or on the print.
There was a sharp rise of 21% in the
The scientists say the
results can reveal the
National statistics have been published by the
number of drug misuse deaths in England,
suspect's sex, whether
Cornﬂakes for breakfast?
ONS about deaths related to drugs poisoning
with no change in Wales, but mortality rates
they have handled or
were still signiﬁcantly higher in Wales than inEngland.
2,955 drug poisoning deaths (involving both
legal and illegal drugs) were registered in
Male mortality rates increased signiﬁcantly
England and Wales (2,032 male and 923
in three substance categories:
heroin/morphine, benzodiazepines andparacetamol. Rates for women were stable,
Male deaths increased by 19% compared to
except for a rise in cocaine-related deaths.
2012. Female drug poisoning deaths haveincreased every year since 2009.
In England, the North East had the highest
mortality rate from drug misuse, and London
Male drug deaths (involving illegal drugs)
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Should we fund addiction treatment
since last UK
by new tax on alcohol?
Gwynne Evans, 24, and Peter Allen, 21,
Drink and drug addicts should be
with jobseekers screened for
were hanged on 13 August 1964. Evans'
treated in abstinence-based treatment
execution took place in Strangeways
centres paid for with a new tax on
prison, Manchester, Allen's in Walton
Oﬀering beneﬁt claimants with
alcohol, a think tank has urged.
prison in Liverpool. They were found
addiction problems support
guilty of jointly murdering a 53-year-old
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) said
laundry worker, John Alan West, after a
that by 2024, a ring-fenced Treatment
treatment, with the
brief trial. Capital punishment was
Tax would put up the cost of alcohol
threat of sanctions if
abolished the following year.
bought in shops by 2p per unit and
fund treatment centres for 58,000
Piloting a charge
addicts a year.
card for long-term
Its report says 300,000 people in
England are addicted to opiates and/or
parents with serious
crack, 1.6 million are dependent on
alcohol and one in seven children
to restrict how they
under the age of one lives with a
spend any income
substance-abusing parent. Other CSJ
support to essential items only
Gwynne Evans and Peter Al en were the last
Doing more to tackle so-called legal
people to be hanged in the UK
Scrapping the drug advice
highs and educate young people
site FRANK, which it says does
and parents about their dangers.
Global research by the UN and others
not send a strong signal to
indicates that capital punishment is not a
young people about the risks of
deterrent to murder. States in the US
experimenting with drugs
with the death penalty have signiﬁcantlyhigher homicide rates than states where
Involving job centres in
the death penalty has been abolished.
identifying and helping addicts,
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It'sThe Colour Purplefor Bi Visibility Day
Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality
supported Bi Visibility Day by wearing purple – the oﬃcial colour of
Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight issues and
help raise the proﬁle of the bisexual community. The annual event
For further information on events celebrating Bi Visibility Day in your
was started when a small group of committed campaigners organised
area, visitor visit the Bi Visibility Day web page
to encourage people to think about issues facing bisexual people.
As Stonewall Diversity Champions, Essex CRC staﬀ at Central DUoﬃce and Senior Champion, Assistant Chief Executive Paul Farmer
Thurrock & Central DU
cakes & coffee make
money for charity
Sweet-toothed staﬀ in our Thurrock oﬃceheld a Macmillan coﬀee morning, recently,and raised an impressive £90.61 for CancerSupport.
Central DU staﬀ held one too and raised£53.22 in donations.
Goodies at Thurrock
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Remand: over-use ‘wasting millions
and worsening overcrowding' says
prison reform group
Overuse of remand sentencing is worsening prison
Of the 36,044 men, women and children who were
overcrowding and wasted almost £250m in 2013,
remanded into custody by magistrates, 25,413 did not
claims the Howard League for Penal Reform.
go on to receive a custodial sentence.
More than 35,000 people remanded into custody last
In the crown courts, 9,844 of the 36,833 men, women
year went on to be acquitted or given non-custodial
and children remanded in custody were either
sentences, the charity claims.
acquitted or given a non-custodial
sentence, at an estimated cost of £65m.
With each person remanded for nine
nt has launched a
weeks on average, and a prison place
costing £37,000 per year, it cost an
strengthening the law by creating
estimated £165m to the prison system,
a new oﬀence of domestic abuse.
said the charity.
The consultation asks whether
The Magistrates' Association denied the
the law needs to be changed to
claims that there is ‘widespread misuse',
reinforce the fact that domestic
adding that ‘very careful consideration
abuse can be emotional and
was taken by its members when doing
psychological as well as physical.
their job in administering the law'.
This could in turn help to bringabout a culture change amongstthe public and police, and in thecourts.
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