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Local MPs respond to probation renationalisation

Local MPs have raised their concerns about losing KSS CRC’s probation services that are successfully reducing reoffending in their area, following the Secretary of State’s announcement about the plan to renationalise more probation services next year.

MPs including Tracey Crouch, Laura Trott and Damien Green have highlighted KSS CRC’s innovative work.

BBC south east regional news also filmed our service which has trained up and employed former offenders as engagement officers. The work has helped breaches in the region fall by two-thirds.

They spoke to Chris who was currently on probation. He told the journalist he didn’t think he would be here today if it wasn’t for his Engagement Officer’s work.

Despite KSS CRC reducing reoffending and winning numerous sector awards, the Ministry of Justice says their decision to renationalise more services is because most other probation services haven’t performed as well.

MP Damien Green said: “I think it is a shame that because the new model appears to have done badly in other parts of the country, we need to lose the rather better services we have experienced here.”

You can read our full response to the announcement here.

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