‘Good work’ by probation staff

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WORK to prevent criminals from re-offending in South Yorkshire has been classed as ‘credible’ by inspectors who reviewed the county’s probation service staff.

Sally Lester, assistant chief inspector of probation, said a sample of cases were examined.

“We judged that the work to keep to a minimum each individual’s risk of harm to others was done well enough 81 per cent of the time,” she said.

“The work to make each individual less likely to re-offend was done well enough 82 per cent of the time. Work to maximise compliance and enforcement was done well enough 84 per cent of the time.

“We also found the trust had a strong commitment to practice improvement and there was generally good work being done with offenders to protect the public and reduce re-offending, including in some difficult and demanding cases.”