The Week in Justice 7 April 2019

The big news in criminal justice is this week was the publication of the Justice Committee's prison population report which urged the government to rethink the way we use prison, reinvest in the prison and probation services and consider reducing prison sentences of 12 months or less.

Also this week the MoJ decided that HMP Birmingham (taken back into public control as an emergency measure) should remain as a public sector prison permanently.

Another HMI Probation report found yet another failing private probation company; this time it was Cheshire & Greater Manchester CRC which was assessed as "requiring improvement". 

As always, click on the relevant tile to see the full story.


The Week in Justice is kindly sponsored by specialist prison photographer Andy Aitchison.

We have to rethink the way we use prisons

We have to rethink the way we use prisons

russellwebster.com

Justice Committee calls for ban on sentences less than one year.

Independent Reviews of Progress (IRPs)

Independent Reviews of Progress (IRPs)

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Follow up inspections of failing prisons

Can we really change sentencing policy?

Can we really change sentencing policy?

reformingprisons.blogspot.com

Rob Allen's incisive analysis

Abolition of short sentences

Abolition of short sentences

theguardian.com

Simon Jenkins piece on the potential of sentencing reform

Birmingham prison contract ended

Birmingham prison contract ended

gov.uk

HMP Birmingham will remain in public-sector

Prison education and library services

Prison education and library services

gov.uk

MoJ publishes minimum requirements

Segregation of young people in custody

Segregation of young people in custody

politicshome.com

Emma Hardy MP raises concerns

Social enterprise gives Scottish prisoners tax advice

Social enterprise gives Scottish prisoners tax advice

heraldscotland.com

HMP Addiewell scheme

Prisoners lock and unlock own cells

Prisoners lock and unlock own cells

news.sky.com

HMP Berwyn initiative to improve privacy

Failing healthcare is killing female prisoners

Failing healthcare is killing female prisoners

theguardian.com

Deborah Coles of Inquest on death of Annabella Landsberg

Scotland's prison suicide inquiry system 'not fit for purpose'

Scotland's prison suicide inquiry system 'not fit for purpose'

theguardian.com

Attitude is that suicides are ‘inevitable’

Dads in jail: the forgotten carers

Dads in jail: the forgotten carers

lens.monash.edu

Parenting from prison for fathers who are primary carers

Outstanding Prison Educator

Outstanding Prison Educator

prisonerseducation.org.uk

Interview with Whitemoor teacher

'The support never stops'

'The support never stops'

theguardian.com

Lovely piece on Timpsons

The Long Walk Back

The Long Walk Back

theguardian.com

Chris Lewis play has its first night @ HMP Portland

I'm a feminist but...

I'm a feminist but...

prisonbag.com

Latest from prison wife blogger @prisonbag

Another under-performing CRC

Another under-performing CRC

russellwebster.com

Cheshire & Greater Manchester rated ‘Requiring improvement’

Appointment of new Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation

Appointment of new Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation

gov.uk

Justin Russell to take over on 1 June

Sally Challen released on bail

Sally Challen released on bail

theguardian.com

Retrospective application of coercive control

The Longford Trust...

The Longford Trust...

longfordtrust.org

...now has a blog

Programme Facilitator HMP Haverigg

Programme Facilitator HMP Haverigg

russellwebster.com

Closing date 30 April