NOMS came into being in 2004 after a review of correctional services by No 10, the Treasury and the Home Office. This identified gaps in the work of prisons and the National Probation Service (qv).
The new body, now based within the Ministry of Justice, is a single service to bring together the work of various correctional agencies. It ensures that court sentences are implemented effectively across organisational boundaries and that the focus is on “end to end” management of offenders. It is also responsible for designing interventions and services for offenders that are intended to reduce offending and reconviction and protect the public.
Director-general: Phil Wheatley
Address: 3rd Floor, Fry Building, Marsham Street, London SW1P 2DF
Telephone: 0207 217 0659