Probation workers gathered outside Nick Clegg’s Sheffield constituency office to protest against government plans to radically overhaul the service.
The protestors, members of probation officers’ union Napo, carried banners to get their message across.
One read: ‘RIP Probation Service 1907-2013.’
They are angry at proposals to outsource 70 per cent of the service’s work to private companies and charities and have branded them ‘a disaster’.
A spokeswoman for Napo said they dropped a letter into the Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister’s office in Nether Green.
She said: “We had a lot of support from the public and a few people who work for the service live in Mr Clegg’s constituency. We think the plans will put the public at risk.”
A Lib Dem spokesman said reoffending rates were too high at 58 per cent and the Government was looking at new ways to tackle the problem.