Unacceptable price for probation outsourcing | Letters

Privatisation is putting profits, rather than offenders, at the core of the probation service say Mike and Christine Campbell, Pat Fagg, John Harvey, Dan O’Connor and Tone Horwood Working Links, the company on which you report (Why are privatised probation services using public libraries to see clients?, 1 November), was acquired in 2016 by the Aurelius Group, which describes itself as “an international multi-asset manager investing in a wide range of sectors and across the capital structure”. Its website goes on to say that it is focused on “identifying investment opportunities to expand the group’s activities”. Working Links’ priority is profit, while probation teams report that money-saving and cuts are the bottom line, not core values such as managing risk, confidentiality, accountability, promoting social justice and rehabilitation. As pre-privatisation Avon probation service workers, your article made us weep.

Mike and Christine Campbell, Pat Fagg, John Harvey, Dan O’Connor Former probation officers, Tone Horwood Psychotherapist and former residential worker

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