POA Circulars

141 | 28.10.2010

Consultation on Sentencing Reform

The Coalition Government has made great play on the need for sentencing reform. This is due to the fact that some individuals perception is that “short sentences” do not work, in fact, some organisations believe “prison does not work”.

It is vital that the POA put forward a substantial submission to the Sentencing Reform Group to demonstrate that prison does work and advise the Coalition Government of our views, as the professional men and women who deal with offenders on a daily basis.

The POA represents workers throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The membership support and deal with offenders every day and the length of sentence has always been irrelevant. However, as we face up to the Comprehensive Spending Review and imposed budget cuts, which could lead to prison closures and job losses, this Union must put forward our views on sentencing reform proposals. Therefore will all local POA committee’s forward the views of their branch to the Deputy General Secretary by Monday the 29th November 2010, to enable the National Executive to formulate a substantial submission.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation on this matter.


Yours sincerely


National Chairman


Yours sincerely


General Secretary