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Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) is a public body, in England and Wales, appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice to investigate complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision, or those upon whom reports have been written. The organisation is also responsible for investigating all deaths of prisoners and residents of probation hostels and immigration detention accommodation. Originally the PPO had no jurisdiction over the investigation of deaths in prisons or probation hostels.

Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
Incumbent
Elizabeth Moody (Acting)

since August 1, 2017; 11 months ago (2017-08-01)
Appointer Secretary of State for Justice
Inaugural holder Sir Peter Woodhead KCB
Formation April 1994; 24 years ago (1994-04)
Salary £100,000
Website www.ppo.gov.uk

As of 29 April 2018, the Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman was Elizabeth Moody; who replaced Nigel Newcomen CBE.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The PPO was established as the Prisons Ombudsman in 1994 following a report into the 1990 Strangeways Prison riot.[1]

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman's independence was challenged in 2000 by Mary Seneviratne who stated, "the Prisons Ombudsman does not meet the criteria of independence, because he [sic.] is appointed by and accountable to the Home Secretary." Though the PPO is no longer appointed the Home Secretary, they are still appointed by a Secretary of State, who is a member of HM Government.[2]

Jurisdiction and powersEdit

The PPO investigates complaints from prisoners and those subject to probation supervision, or those upon whom reports have been written. The organisation is also responsible for investigating all deaths of prisoners and residents of probation hostels and immigration detention accommodation.[1] Originally the PPO had no jurisdiction over the investigation of deaths in prisons or probation hostels.[3] The PPO employs a number of Investigators who are responsible for investigating the complaints made, making decisions on individual cases, and making any relevant recommendations.[4]

Prison and Probation OmbudsmanEdit

As of 29 April 2018, the Acting Prisons and Probation Ombudsman was Elizabeth Moody who replaced Nigel Newcomen CBE.[5] Nigel Newman was originally appointed in June 2011, and his tenure was extended several times.[6] The PPO is paid an annual salary of £100,000.[7]

From Until Remarks
Sir Peter Woodhead KCB May 1994 October 1999 As Prisons Ombudsman
Stephen Shaw CBE November 1999 May 2010 Appointed as Prisons Ombudsman, became Prisons and Probation Ombudsman in 2001
Jane Webb April 2010 June 2011 Acting Ombudsman
Nigel Newcomen CBE June 2011 July 2017
Elizabeth Moody 1 August 2017 Incumbent Acting Ombudsman

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Brief history | Prisons & Probation Ombudsman". www.ppo.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  2. ^ Seneviratne, Mary (2000). "Ombudsmen 2000" (PDF). Nottingham Law Journal. 9: 13–24. 
  3. ^ Owers, Anne (September 2010). "Prison Inspection and the Protection of Prisoners' Rights'". Pace Law Review. 30: 1535–1547. 
  4. ^ Plc, WCN. "16199 - Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Investigator - MoJ". justicejobs.tal.net. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  5. ^ "PPO senior management | Prisons & Probation Ombudsman". www.ppo.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Extension of tenure for the current Prisons and Probation Ombudsman". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  7. ^ "The Prison and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) - Centre for Public Appointments". Centre for Public Appointments. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 

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