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Probation service: Offender supervision to be renationalised

Supervision of all offenders in England and Wales is to be taken over by the government after serious failings with the part-privatisation of the system.Contracts with community rehabilitation companies, which monitor low and medium risk offenders, will not be renewed.The National Probation Service - which manages those posing the highest threat - will take over in December 2020.It reverses changes made five years ago by then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to drive down re-offending.However, in March the National Audit Office said problems with the new system had cost taxpayers almost £500m and that the numbers returning to prison for breaching their licence conditions had "skyrocketed".And chief probation inspector Dame Glenys ...