Transforming Rehabilitation - 30 bidders shortlisted for contracts
30 bidders passed the first stage of the competition to win the regional rehabilitation contracts. The list includes a diverse mix of private and voluntary sector partnerships with over 50 organisations represented - from charities experienced in tackling a range of issues affecting offenders, to small and large businesses and experienced multinationals.
The contracts have been split across 20 regions for England and one for Wales, with responsibility for supervising and rehabilitating around 225,000 low and medium risk offenders.
Along with the 30 lead providers who passed the competition's first-stage, a further 800 organisations expressed interest in a role as part of the wider supply chain - with over 550 voluntary sector organisations among that number.
Mutuals formed by probation staff also have the opportunity to play a major role in the reforms, with about a third of the shortlisted bidders coming from these groups, and all the bidders having experience of working with offenders or across the wider criminal-justice system.
The competition winners will provide targeted rehabilitation to offenders across England and Wales and, for the first-time, every offender released from custody will receive at least 12 months' supervision.
This support will be crucial in tackling reoffending rates that currently see 600,000 crimes committed each year by those who have already broken the law.