The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) carries out independent investigations into deaths and complaints in custody. The detailed role and responsibilities of the PPO are set out in his office’s Terms of Reference. The PPO has two main duties:
The purpose of these investigations is to understand what happened, to correct injustices and to identify learning for the organisations whose actions we oversee so that the PPO makes a significant contribution to safer, fairer custody and offender supervision.
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The latest Learning Bulletin produced by the Equalities, Rights and Decency (ERD) Group in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) cites investigations carried out by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman into a number of deaths, highlighting that procedures for calling … Continued
On 13 May, the Ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, spoke to the Chief Coroner’s first training day which was on deaths in prison. The training day was held at the Council House, Nottingham with coroners from across England and Wales. The presentation … Continued
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman today published his new Business Plan, setting out what his office plans to achieve over the coming year. You can read the Plan here, and the following is a summary of the key operational and … Continued
This is the second annual report of the complainant survey which we introduced in 2012 and compares the two years. There are signs, even in cases where their complaint is not upheld, that there is a greater understanding among prisoners … Continued