Probation officers in Truro protest against sell-off
Probation officers took to the streets of Truro to protest against the privatisation of the service they work for.
The Ministry of Justice announced today that payment-by-results contracts for dealing with offenders will be split between private companies and charities.
Probation officers in Truro said the deal would result in a poorer service and that justice and public protection should not be about profit.
Mags Hopwood, a probation officer based in Truro, said: “That is what it would turn into - it would be numbers through the door.”
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Her colleague Joe McDonald said: “If they go cheap on the work you can expect crime rates to go up.”
The probation officers gathered outside Truro Cathedral at lunchtime to hand out leaflets and speak with the public.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the changes were "great news" for the public.
He said in a statement: “The scale of interest in these contracts from so many diverse and creative organisations is extremely encouraging. This is great news for the public who will finally benefit from the best of the private and voluntary sectors, working together with the public sector, to cut re-offending.”