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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

September 25, 2009: Ex-Forces Personnel In Prison And On Probation

Over 20000 ex-servicemen are either in prison, being supervised by the probation service, or on parole, according to a new study from probation union Napo. With around 8,500 ex-service personnel behind bars, they currently account for around 10% of the current prison population.

An estimated 12,000 ex-service personnel with criminal convictions are currently being supervised by the Probation Service (around 6% of the total).

Napo’s case histories of 90 ex-service personnel suggest that the majority are experiencing alcohol or substance misuse problems, with nearly half suffering from clinical mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorders. One in four stated that they suffered from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), although these were sometimes undiagnosed.

The most common conviction was for domestic violence. The responses of probation staff in the survey indicate that much more needs to be done to address issues of substance misuse and domestic violence.

It has long been known that a significant number of personnel leave the services with debilitating conditions such as PTSD, as well as depression and anxiety disorders. While no statistics which specifically identify ex-service personnel within the criminal justice system are currently available from either the Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Defence, the Napo survey clearly raises issues concerning the level of intervention and support available to ex-service personnel.

Napo assistant general secretary Harry Fletcher commented that the number of ex-service personnel in the criminal justice system was a matter of "grave concern”, adding that:

“There is overwhelming evidence that support is not available of sufficient calibre when soldiers leave the service."

"All efforts must be made to reduce the number of military personnel who are in the criminal justice system. There is a need to develop alcohol counselling and domestic violence programmes within the military setting as well as the community."

Napo’s study indicates that proportion of the prison population who are ex-service personnel has increased by over 30% in the last five years.

The charity Combat Stress supports ex forces personnel who have been traumatised by harrowing experiences during their services career.