Equinox response to Ministry of Justice

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Equinox’ response to the Ministry of Justice proposals “Transforming Rehabilitation: a revolution in the way we manage offenders” is published here. It combines cautious optimism over the plans to increase the role of the voluntary sector with concerns that the large scale commissioning proposed could stifle innovation.

Bill Puddicombe, Equinox’ Chief Executive says: “Equinox has demonstrated over many years that voluntary sector organisations can provide effective, innovative services as part of the criminal justice system. Our work with offenders with alcohol dependency, for instance, has demonstrated the value of partnership between the skills of Probation and the community involvement of voluntary organisations. We are encouraged by the positive view that the Ministry of Justice are taking of voluntary sector involvement.  We are concerned, however, that the proposal to commission services through 16 very large contracts will not release the innovation and connection to local communities that is such a big part of the value that we can add.”

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