Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) were established in the 2010-15 Parliament when the Government privatised rehabilitation of offenders. Separating offenders into categories (low, medium and high risk). The low and medium risk offenders are handled by the privatised industry and the high risk by the government. This reform has proven to be badly thought out and implemented.
I asked the Lord Chancellor why he has given additional resources to support contracts that have already been agreed and to whom this money has been given. When rehabilitation was part privatised contracts were agreed and it now has to come to light that some companies cannot manage with the resources they bid for. We don’t know which of the 21 CRCs have asked the Government for extra support.
The problem with the new system is that offenders may be classed as low risk but can very quickly move into high risk and the private sector cannot manage this effectively. The Justice Select Committee, which I am a member of, has done investigations into this policy and I would recommend anyone interested in learning more to visit parliament’s website to see our full findings.