Probation Services and the Tragic Death of Jacqueline Wileman

As reported in the Yorkshire Post, the Barnsley Chronicle, Look North, Calendar News, and the BBC, Stephanie has spoken in Parliament this week on the role the failing probation services played in the tragic death of her constituent Jacqueline Wileman, before the Government announced a U-turn to end their decision to outsource these services.

The Government's decision to part-privatise probation under then-Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has come under intense criticism, and Stephanie has continually raised in the House of Commons the results of this failed, ideologically driven move that has seen a vital service run in the interests of private profit over public safety.

She has spoken of how one of the mean convicted of killing Jacqueline was under probation supervision at the time.

Jacqueline's brother, Johnny Wood, has stated his belief that if the probation services had done their job his sister would still be alive.

South Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company is currently the responsibility of Sodexo services, a private company. It was recently rated as requrining improvement.

On Thursday, in the face of failing standards and tragic incidents the Government announced they would reverse their changes, re-nationalise probation, and bring these services back in-house. 

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