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13 January 2015

The Secretary of State for Justice has confirmed that today (18 December 2014) he will be signing contracts with the new providers for the 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs). This announcement marks another significant step towards completing the government's probation reforms under the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme.  The complete list of new owners can be found at:

Sodexo Justice Services will become the new owner of The South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Limited when share sale takes place on 1st February 2015. This date will also see the transition to the new service arrangements and for the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ORA) to commence.

Through their partnership with Nacro, Sodexo have a wealth of experience and knowledge working in the justice sector. As part of the UK's largest crime reduction charity, NACRO, along with Sodexo are dedicated to reducing crime and changing lives in hundreds of communities across England and Wales by offering support to ex-offenders in housing, education and the treatment of substance misuse.

These reforms mean that, for the first time in recent history, virtually every offender released from custody will receive statutory supervision and rehabilitation in the community. Once enacted, the ORA will extend this statutory supervision and rehabilitation to all 45,000 of the most prolific group of offenders sentenced to less than 12 months in custody across England and Wales.  The Ministry of Justice are also putting in place an unprecedented nationwide 'through the prison gate' resettlement service. Through The Gate services will commence no later than May 2015 and, once implemented, will mean that most offenders will be given continuous support by one provider from custody into the community.


Updated: 13 January 2015

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