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Tim Young resigns from probation role over reforms
6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013 in News
THE leader of Colchester Council’s Labour group has resigned as vice chairman of Essex Probation over planned reforms.
Tim Young, a boardmember for nearly a decade, is resigning in protest over the Government’s privatisation plan He said: “It breaks my heart to resign from the board of Essex Probation, as it has been part of my life for nearly ten years and I have learned so much about the criminal justice system and the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders from the excellent staff and management who work for the Probation Service in Essex.
“However, the only way I could think of to bring more attention to the Government’s privatisation plans was to resign and campaign with others, including the trade unions involved, to try to prevent or, at least, delay the proposals.”
The Government plans to abolish probation trusts next year.
A smaller national probation service will be responsible for high-risk offenders and public protection cases, while low and medium-risk criminals will become the responsibility of community rehabilitation companies.
They will be funded according to their ability to reduce reoffending.
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