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National Offender Management Institute

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a National Offender Management Institute. (321177)

The Ministry of Justice keeps under regular review the arrangements for carrying out research on offender management. Our priority is to ensure that the research we commission provides good value for money and answers key questions about the most effective practice. We have received a number of proposals seeking funding for setting up an Offender Management Institute. We have assessed these and, while we believe they have some merit, we are not convinced that the time is right to change existing arrangements. Currently, a wide range of research on offender management is being carried out in different parts of the Department.