Crime is a major concern. Britain has one of the highest crime rates in Europe and the fear of crime remains high. New approaches are needed to address reoffending
The cost of crime to victims and households is around £36bn a year - £9bn for business and government alone. There are also social costs which create problems for the health service, our schools, our welfare and adult services.
We rely on the police, prisons and probation services to control crime and keep us safe, but we still expect value for money: taxpayers don't want the Government to keep throwing money at a criminal justice system that doesn't work.
The prison population is now at its highest-ever level. Despite spending increases of over 40% in real terms since 1997, more than half of offenders are reconvicted. The system is not working effectively and business wants to see that change.
The use of private providers to run some prisons and probation services has introduced important changes to the way these services operate, and created significant savings, but new approaches are needed. All elements of the criminal justice system need to work more effectively together. The payment by results model - which operates in the Work Programme - is one effective way to ensure services are commissioned on outcomes and providers are incentivised to innovate and re-design services to secure the best results in reducing offending behaviour and integrating offender back into society.
The CBI is working with the Ministry of Justice, directors of offender management and other private and third sector providers to develop new approaches that address the problems at the heart of persistent re-offending.
News and publications
CBI welcomes plans to reform provision of probation services
The CBI has welcomed the intention of the Ministry of Justice to reform the provision of probation services. Our response to the recent consultation on Transforming Rehabilitation made a number of recommendations on how to establish and manage an effective market in probation services
CBI’s Neil Bentley named on Police Federation review board
Six-strong panel will look at the structure of the federation, which represents 133,000 police constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors
Police commissioners should work with independent sector to lower costs and improve services
A new CBI report calls on recently elected Police and Crime Commissioners to work with independent providers to help them meet budgetary demands, improve service efficiency, and free up more warranted officers to be on the frontline
CBI responds to Government decision on prison services competition
The CBI responded to the Ministry of Justice’s surprise decision to close off competition for the running of four prisons
CBI responds to Prime Minister's speech on criminal justice
The CBI responded to the Prime Minister’s speech on reform in the criminal justice system
CBI members share ideas with justice commissioners
CBI guest edits the quarterly bulletin of the Academy for Justice Commission, with members sharing ideas on innovations in offender management
CBI response to MoJ probation reform consultation
CBI welcomes MoJ proposals to open up provision of probation services to diverse range of providers
CBI comments on publication of probation consultation
The CBI commented on the publication of plans to modernise the probation service and reform community sentences
Innovation crucial in modern policing
With increasing public expectations and new challenges facing the police, the CBI argues in its most recent report that innovation is crucial in many areas of modern policing