It takes real insiders to reveal the inner workings of any large organisation and its shortcomings. Liz Calderbank, Chief Inspector of Probation, and Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons are insiders par excellence. The coalition is throwing or has tried to throw the probation service to the wolves of the private sector. Perhaps the lessons of G4S will eventually be recognised but until then all the re-organisations which have been trumpeted over the last few years for the reformation of offenders within the prison service will be seen as wanting. No doubt the “punish in the community” brigade will once more be telling us prison doesn`t work. Whilst the truism that offenders cannot re-offend while they are incarcerated is self evident this report should be alarming all who take an interest in the subject.