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Yes. Blair Gibbs. Talking about tagging and a report from the future.
The Future of Corrections.
Which he is now no longer linked to in anyway. His twitter account is as dead as Monty Python's parrot. He isn't the author, because Rory and Chris did it. He isn't even in the document. Just press CTRL+F and search Blair, or Gibbs and Blair Gibbs. Nothing. Not a sausage.
But he definitely asked questions and definitely went on a research trip to the US.
So the question, I guess, is why not even have a research credit? I mean seriously...in the acknowledgements I found every man and his dog:
"The author would like to thank all those agencies that took an interest in our work and welcomed us either in person or via telephone to find out more about their work and their use and experience of electronic monitoring. I cannot hope to thank all those individuals we met by name, however particular thanks for their time, openness and hospitality must go to Lupe Washington, Edward Baldazo, Charles Rotramel, Justin Coleman, Mary Beth Wise, Greg Brown, Carlton Butler, Ben Stevenson and Joe Russo.We would also like to express our appreciation to all the other staff of Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Houston Police Department, the Mayorâ€™s Anti-Gang Office in the City of Houston, St Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Church, the Juvenile Division of the State of Texas, the City and County of Denverâ€™s Electronic Monitoring Department, Boulder County Probation, the Denver Sheriffâ€™s Department, Denver County Court, the Colorado Judicial Department, Oklahomaâ€™s Department of Corrections, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington D.C., Montgomery Countyâ€™s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the National Institute of Justice Corrections Technology Center of Excellence. Closer to home, we would like to thank Hertfordshire Police for their warm welcome and the 25 other police forces (serving 66% of England and Wales by population) and 18 probation trusts (serving 62% of the population of England and Wales) that responded to our survey. A number of academics and subject matter experts helpfully submitted papers and discussed electronic monitoring and the different ways in which it can be delivered. These include: Stephen Shute, Craig Paterson, Mike Nellis and Anthea Hucklesby. We would like to thank those vendors that took the time to engage with us over the course of the project, including but not limited to: Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Behavioural Interventions (BI), Buddi, G4S, Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) and Serco. A very special mention must go to Lupe Washington and Mary Beth Wise for organising such all-encompassing visits of the agencies and activities in their area, and to Chris Miller for both his valuable contribution to this report and his foreword. Finally, special thanks are also extended to Working Links for their generous financial support."
Just no Blair. The Crime and Justice expert, who saw the future, went from Marty McFly to the Invisible man in a matter of months.
Well this made me wonder why. Was it because he changed job and went to become the policing advisor at MOPAC? (Again good Back To The Future skills in play). Or was it something else? Again, a little fish bone.
But, for today I'm leaving that alone, I need to sleep.
But not before I take one last look at the last sentence of the acknowledgements:
"Finally, special thanks are also extended to Working Links for their generous
Well blow me down, there's another thing that rang a bell.
Here they are:
Working Links (Employment) Ltd, commonly known as Working Links, is a public, private and voluntary company, bringing together private sector drive, public sector ethos and voluntary sector ethics.
Working Links works in some of the most deprived areas of United Kingdom to address the challenges faced by long-term unemployed people. Within their marketing literature, they suggest that they have helped over 240,000 people into employment as of August 2012. However, this information has yet to be independently confirmed. According to its website, Working Links offers support to help people move from social exclusion to social inclusion.
Working Links' public sector share is managed by the UK governmentâ€™s Shareholder Executive on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. The private sector shareholders are Manpower and Capgemini, and the voluntary sector share is owned by Mission Australia.
Since 2006 their turnover has grown from Â£63 million to Â£123 million (2010), and they now employ over 1,000 people in the UK.
In 2011, Working Links won three contract package areas to deliver the Coalition government's new Work Programme. This made Working Links the third largest Work Programme provider in the UK. The three contracts acquired were the South West, Wales and Scotland and, as of May 2012, receives around Â£120 million a year from the Department of Works and Pensions and various other governmental bodies, handling around eighty government contracts, employing two thousand people.
Working Links also delivers government skills programmes on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and offender rehabilitation programmes on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.
So, Working Links have seen a significant funding increase and run programmes on behalf of the Ministry of Justice...well that would explain the interest in GPS Tags...
Of course it wasn't really this that leapt out at me about WL, it was the link to the A4E scandal:
"In May 2011 a former auditor of Working Links claimed that the level of fraud at Working Links escalated to â€œa farcical situationâ€ and was "endemic" but that he faced a â€œstonewallâ€ from managers. Mr Hutchinson said he had encountered â€œa multi-billion-pound scandalâ€, after working for Working Links and A4e in the welfare-to-work industry. Working Links said: â€œWe firmly reject any assertion of widespread fraud within our business".