Comment piece: The inspection of Offender Management in Custody – new resettlement policy, same old problems

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Cracknell, M. 2023. Comment piece: The inspection of Offender Management in Custody – new resettlement policy, same old problems. Probation Journal. 70 (3), pp. 298-307. https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505231191455
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TitleComment piece: The inspection of Offender Management in Custody – new resettlement policy, same old problems
AuthorsCracknell, M.
Abstract

Two Inspection reports regarding the latest resettlement policy - Offender Management in Custody (OMiC) - have recently been published (HM Probation Inspectorate and HM Prison Inspectorate, 2022; HM Inspectorate of Probation, 2023). This comment piece provides a brief analysis of these inspection reports, which demonstrates how OMiC is undermined by five issues, including: a fixed and fragmented model of delivery; poor identification of needs and service provision; poor quality keywork; understaffing in prisons and probation; and finally, poor communication between prison and probation practitioners. This comment piece then places these failures into context, asserting that there has been a longstanding ‘common thread’ of issues that has undermined past resettlement policies, and that these have permeated through to OMiC. This commentary concludes by suggesting a possible way forward with the OMiC model, noting that no resettlement policy will be successful unless the staffing crisis in prisons and probation is resolved, and the practitioners responsible for OMiC are provided with sufficient time and resources to provide quality resettlement support.

KeywordsResettlement; offender management in custody; keywork; prison offender management ; inspections
Sustainable Development Goals16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalProbation Journal
ISSN0264-5505
Electronic1741-3079
Publication dates
Online02 Aug 2023
PrintSep 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted05 Jul 2023
Deposited28 Jul 2023
Output statusIn press
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Cracknel, M, Comment Piece: The inspection of Offender management in custody - new resettlement policy, same old problems, Probation Journal (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. DOI: 10.1177/02645505231191455.

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