In June 2014, the then Government introduced its Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. These reforms aimed to open up the market to a diverse range of rehabilitation providers from the private and voluntary sectors to promote innovative approaches to reducing re-offending. They also extended statutory rehabilitation for those serving sentences of less than 12 months and introduced ‘through the gate’ services to improve the continuity of support between prison and the community.
The NAO has previously reported on Transforming Rehabilitation in April 2016, and in our December 2017 investigation into changes to Community Rehabilitation Company contracts. This study will assess whether the Ministry of Justice is well placed to realise the ambitions of its reforms. We will examine progress in reducing reoffending, whether the Ministry has delivered against the wider objectives of the reforms and the extent to which its strategy for the future of probation services reflects learning and is likely to address barriers to reducing reoffending.