NewsBites - March 2012

Criminal injuries

People with unspent criminal records could be barred from making claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme unless there are exceptional circumstances, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has said. Convicted criminals could also be ordered to fund victims’ support services. The proposals are subject to a consultation, “Getting it right for victims and witnesses”, which is due to end on 22 April 2012.

Probation pilots

The Ministry of Justice is launching two four-year pilots on managing offenders on community sentences, due to begin next year in Staffordshire and West Midlands and Wales Probation Trusts.

The pilots will use a ‘payment by results’ approach, under which providers will be rewarded for cutting reoffending rates and bear the risk of non-payment if they fail to meet targets.