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Short Update: UK Parliament Justice Committee releases report on probation system

FairTrialsAdmin - July 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases, prison conditions

The UK Parliament Justice Committee has released a report today on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Her Majesty’s Probation Service and at the same time launch an inquiry into ongoing reforms in the service. 

The report, ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): The impact on the probation system in England and Wales’ sets out how the pandemic has profoundly affected the way probation services are delivered. 

Many former prisoners and those serving community sentences are now supervised remotely  by Probation Officers – through phone calls or Skype. Released prisoners who would often need help finding accommodation or accessing Universal Credit benefits may well find physical offices dealing with these matters closed, with staff working from home.  

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