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Staff Blog: NOMS - Changing names is not enough

For the last 13 years or so, the acronym ‘NOMS’ has meant very little to most prisoners and their representatives. They would probably recognise it as the faceless agency whose logo appears on letterheads or within email addresses. Many might struggle to identify what the initials stand for (answer - National Offender Management Service) or what it actually does. Yesterday the Secretary of State for Justice announced that NOMS would be abolished in April and would be replaced by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). According to the ‘What We Do’ section on their soon-to-be-disbanded website, NOMS: make sure people serve the sentences and orders handed out by courts, both in pri

Staff Blog: Treading water? How to advance pre-tariff reviews...

For the majority of life sentenced prisoners, the first crucial step towards release occurs three years prior to tariff expiry. This is generally when a life sentenced prisoner’s suitability for open conditions can be considered. Whilst I appreciate that every person’s sentence is different and everyone progresses at different rates, many lifers find themselves treading water whilst waiting for that three year milestone. Unfortunately, what many do not realise is that it is possible to advance their pre-tariff review and this process can begin 4 ½ years prior to tariff expiry. Prison establishments have the option to submit a request to bring forward the date of a lifer’s pre-tariff review.

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