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Probation: Per Capita Costs

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of average annual cost to the public purse per offender of (a) probation supervision, (b) probation supervision with a drug programme attachment, (c) probation supervision with an anger management programme attachment and (d) probation supervision with a domestic violence programme attachment. (319450)

The funding for the supervision of offenders and the delivery of programmes in the community is part of the general grant given to probation areas or trusts. The costs will vary and depend on a number of factors including the risk presented by the individual, the level of supervision required, the programme the individual attends, and the arrangements for delivery in the particular area. It is not possible to accurately disaggregate the cost of this work.

Full costs of probation services will be collected and published in order to benchmark the whole probation system by the end of 2011.