Crime reduction charity Nacro has been awarded a £30 million contract to provide support and accommodation services to people released on bail.
The Ministry of Justice contract was published on Tuesday and is part of the government’s BASS (Bail Accommodation and Support Service) system.
The contract will cover defendants released on bail and offenders released from custody who meet the necessary eligibility criteria.
This includes those released on Home Detention Curfew, Intensive Custody Orders and Additional License Conditions.
The accommodation and support services allows both offenders and defendants to remain outside of the prison environment when they do not have an address to reside, providing them with accommodation and a range of support services to ensure they are safely managed within the community.
Currently the MoJ envisages it will require 550 bed spaces to be delivered in one to four bedroom properties, ensuring coverage in every community rehabilitation company area in England and Wales.
A minimum of ten per cent of the 550 bed spaces will be expected to serve females, with female bed space provided in every NPS Directorate area.