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To: Chris Grayling MP and Theresa May MP
Don't gamble with Justice: Petition Chris Grayling and Theresa May
In the interests of access to justice and public safety, we are calling on you to: Stop cuts to legal aid and protect access to efficient local justice for all; Urgently review the outsourcing of probation and service delivery of private providers; Keep prisons and prison services in public ownership, and stop the programme of prison closures; Stop cuts to policing and halt police privatisation.
Why is this important?
Our justice system is under attack. Justice is being denied and reforms are putting public safety at risk. Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, and Teresa May, Home Secretary, don't understand that justice is a service, not a business.
Senior Ministry of Justice officials warn that Grayling’s plans to privatise probation potentially endanger public safety, are being pushed through on an aggressive timetable without widespread support, and that promised cost savings are unlikely to be delivered. The parliamentary Human Rights Joint Committee has raised concerns about the impact of his legal aid reforms, including for victims of domestic violence, and sweeping court closures have delayed hearings.
Outsourcing prison services could lead to inexperienced companies having responsibility for resettling vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health problems. While outsourcing police services could see private firms carrying out essential services such as forensic scene investigation and handling 999 calls - even though the Public Accounts Committee recently raised concerns about private companies failing to deliver services.