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NOMS has been restructured to join up prison and probation headquarters as part of the reorganisation of the Ministry of Justice. This website will remain live but will no longer be updated. Up to date information about NOMS can now be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

How we manage offenders


NOMS aims to make sure that anyone convicted of a crime is punished appropriately. There are a varying level of options open to the courts on how they can punish an offender.

Any sentence will be designed to: 

  • punish the offender
  • reduce crime (including by deterrence)
  • reform and rehabilitate the offender
  • protect the public
  • make reparation by offenders to the victims of their offences.

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