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Issue 85 7 December 2007 The Bulletin has been improved for easier on-screen reading. It now summaries new content placed on Epic (http://npsintranet.probation.gsi.gov.uk/index.htm) in the previous week and significant messages that have been circulated on the Chief Officer gateway. Articles can now be read by either scrolling down the page or by clicking the titles below: 262/07 263/07 264/07 265/07 266/07 Lord Carter Review of prisons Consultation on Magistrates Sentencing Guidelines by the SGC NPS Offender Management Conference Speeches Guide for Managers and staff in the event of hostage situations Issued Recently

262/07 LORD CARTER REVIEW OF PRISONS
A review by Lord Carter of prisons published 5 December 2007 and is available on Epic Lord Carter was asked to undertake a review of the Prison Service, including how to balance the supply of prison places with the demand for them in the short, medium and longer term. The report looks at: • • • • The operation of the prison service, including how efficient prisons are The prison estate Demand for prison places over the long and medium term Ways in which a better balance could be achieved between the supply of prison places and the demand for them, sentencing and the use of non-custodial penalties, such as fines and community sentences

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263/07 CONSULTATION ON MAGISTRATES SENTENCING GUIDELINES BY THE SGC
Consultation by the Sentencing Guidelines Council on revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines has started. This follows a review of the Magistrates’ Association guidelines published in 2003. The revised guidelines address a greater number of offences, incorporate relevant guidelines issued by the Council and Court of Appeal and provide new guidance on matters such as compensation and racial aggravation. The Council has identified the assessment of fines as a key issue for consultation.

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A response on behalf of NOMS is being co-ordinated by Mark May. The necessary (250 page) document is available from Epic (Navigate from Home>Service Delivery>Sentencing Information>Sentencing Guidelines Council) or http://www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk/news/index.html Any views for the NOMS response needs reach Mark May (Mark.May12@justice.gsi.gov.uk) by the 4 January 2008. Back to the top

264/07 NPS OFFENDER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE SPEECHES
Roger Hill’s and David Hanson’s speeches at the NPS Offender Management Conference on the 21 November 2007 and the conference Q & A are available on Epic. Epic: Navigate from Home>News & Comms>News> NPS Offender Management Conference Speeches Back to the top

265/07 GUIDE FOR MANAGERS AND STAFF IN THE EVENT OF HOSTAGE SITUATIONS

Guidance for managers and staff in the event of hostage situations has been added to Epic, Epic: Navigate from Home>Support Service>Human Resources>Health & safety> Guide for managers and staff in the event of hostage situations Back to the top

266/07 ISSUED RECENTLY
Probation Circulars 2007: PC39 Throughput of offenders on unpaid work The revised template is designed to aid completion, capture an accurate picture of the timely commencement of unpaid work requirements and to monitor throughput. The ‘days lost’ calculation is also revised. In respect of data collected from January 2008 onwards this will be expressed as a percentage of the unpaid work days planned. This brings the metric and its measurement into line with the targets set by Regional Offender Managers. Areas are also asked to provide an end of reporting period figure of the number of offenders, who are not being provided with work instructions in accordance with National Standards, for operational reasons. PC38 Introduction of a New Memorandum for Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Pre Release Placements The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to ensure that all those who are a party to it are aware of and understand the arrangements under which the volunteer placement takes place. The parties are: the prisoner, the placement Issue 85 December 2007 UNCLASSIFIED NPS Bulletin Issued 30 November Issued 7 December

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organisation, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the offender manager and the prison establishment.

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Revised procedures for Monitoring Deaths Under Supervision Returns from 2006-07 have been analysed by NOMS. NOMS has revised and simplified the returns needed for 2007-08. This circular advises probation areas of the new arrangements. Areas should refer to PC60/2005 for original guidance and for Annexes B and C.

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OASys Messages to Areas – Via Epic Message 080 07 Message 079 07 Message 077 07 e-OASys Rollback Rules for PSRs Amendment to ‘What’s New’ document 4.2.3 Failed Merges Issued 5 December Issued 29 November Issued 27 November

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