WALES'S Probation Service has welcomed Government proposals for private firms to supervise low risk offenders.
Under the plans to be set out by UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, security firms and voluntary groups could manage probation on a "payment by results" basis.
The chief executive of Wales Probation, Sarah Payne, said: "We were one of the two probation trusts originally chosen in January 2012 to assist in the early development of payment by results policy and practice.
"We believe the introduction of payment by results offers exciting opportunities for engaging with private and voluntary sector partners in new ways of working with offenders, which is why we were keen to be a pilot in the first place. We have already started a comprehensive programme of work which draws upon the experience we gained from designing our pilot and which we hope will enable us to play a key part in the design of future probation services."
Mr Grayling said the aim of the Probation Service overhaul was for prisoners to get more support to change their lifestyle.
Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan said the plans could be a "recipe for disaster" if things went wrong.