Think renationalising probation will cut reoffending? Think again | Mark Johnson

Ministers have swept the scandal of Chris Grayling’s failed privatisation under the Covid-19 carpet

My heart jumps at the decision to renationalise probation. But will the service I once knew come back?

Probation officers need great skills and patience, because offenders can be volatile people. One day they want to change, the next day they are lying to you, the next day they could be another reoffending statistic. But a good officer can understand when the service user is really ready for change. A good officer can support them through that. The reward: another service user changes their life and the public is safer.

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