Probation Sell Off
Harry Fletcher is acting as Parliamentary and Media Advisor to Napo, the probation trade union, in its fight to save the service from privatisation. For 25 years he was Assistant General Secretary of Napo. The period of employment concluded in April 2013.
During that period he drafted over 20 Parliamentary Bills, wrote over 500 amendments to over 60 criminal justice and other government Bills and issued over 400 press releases. During the period he was mentioned in the press on behalf of Napo on at least 10,000 occasions. He wrote briefings for Napo and for various publications at an average of 10 to 15 a year. During the last 25 years he has participated in hundreds of national and local TV and radio interviews.
During the last eight months he has appeared on national TV and radio on more than 50 occasions acting as a criminal justice expert and consultant on a range of criminal justice issues including stalking and harassment, domestic violence, miscarriages of justice, the use of custody and the privatisation of the Probation Service.
In the last quarter he has drafted and tabled over 200 parliamentary questions on probation and privatisation issues, written over 20 parliamentary briefings for both Houses of Parliament and numerous oral questions for MPs for oral questions to minsters at the Home Office and Department of Justice. He has drafted 15 amendments to the Offender Rehabilitation Bill, including one calling for debates in both Houses of Parliament prior to privatisation, which was passed in the House of Lords; and is subsequently working with both Houses to demand that these debates are tabled.. He has also met, with Napo, dozens of MPs and has prioritised liaison with Liberal Democrats. The main arguments that Harry Fletcher and Napo have deployed are:
That Probation works; That reoffending rates are considerably reduced because of Probation intervention; That Payment by Results is flawed; That splitting and privatising probation is bureaucratic and costly; and That the 30 bidders for the private work have little experience in supervising offenders.