The Week in Justice 30 June 2019

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Another busy week in criminal justice. Perhaps the most significant event was the Scottish Parliament voting to extend the presumption against short prison sentences from six months to one year.

In the same week, the Prison Reform Trust published its twice yearly Prison FactFile which revealed that Scotland imprisons a larger proportion of its population than any other Western European country (England and Wales are in second place in this league of sharme).

Met Chief Cressida Dick also made headlines when she called the crime solving rates for most offences "woefully low".

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


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

Restrictions on short prison sentences extended
bbc.co.uk

Restrictions on short prison sentences extended

Scottish judges will be instructed not to impose jail terms of under a year unless no other punishment is "appropriate".

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Latest Bromley Briefing on shameful number of people we imprison.
theguardian.com

Latest Bromley Briefing on shameful number of people we imprison.

‘Addiction to imprisonment’ marked by overuse of short sentences and botched reforms

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HMP & YOI New Hall – continues to be a good and safe prison
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP & YOI New Hall – continues to be a good and safe prison

Work to resettle and rehabilitate prisoners also improving.

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HMYOI Werrington inspection report
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMYOI Werrington inspection report

Many positives but high violence impacting on boys’ lives

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North East public probation performing well
russellwebster.com

North East public probation performing well

Inspectors praise innovative practice but raise concerns over staff shortages.

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Law around non-consensual taking, making & sharing of sexual images to be reviewed
gov.uk

Law around non-consensual taking, making & sharing of sexual images to be reviewed

Review to ensure the law protects victims and is fit for the modern age.

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Sexual violence victims get 'terrible deal', says outgoing commissioner
theguardian.com

Sexual violence victims get 'terrible deal', says outgoing commissioner

Helen Newlove calls for victims to get free legal advice over access to personal data

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‘Woefully low’: Cressida Dick calls for action on crime-solving rates
theguardian.com

‘Woefully low’: Cressida Dick calls for action on crime-solving rates

Met commissioner calls for better use of data to fight fall in detection rates

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Police object to Full Sutton 'super prison' plans
bbc.co.uk

Police object to Full Sutton 'super prison' plans

Fears of increase in violent crime within the jail which will raise demands on the force.

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Fewer criminals being caught amid 28% drop in detective numbers
theguardian.com

Fewer criminals being caught amid 28% drop in detective numbers

Exclusive: English and Welsh forces lose 610 serious crime detectives under austerity

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Police log 22 online sex crimes against children every day, says NSPCC
theguardian.com

Police log 22 online sex crimes against children every day, says NSPCC

Children’s charity calls for new independent regulator, saying figures are tip of the iceberg

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Delivering Digital Courts
reform.uk

Delivering Digital Courts

Series on the potential of technology to transform and modernise the justice service.

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Could an algorithm help prevent murders?
bbc.co.uk

Could an algorithm help prevent murders?

Algorithms are increasingly used to make decisions about our lives. Could they help the police reduce crime, asks David Edmonds.

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‘We need to talk about sexual violence in prisons’
thejusticegap.com

‘We need to talk about sexual violence in prisons’

John Podmore on Ian Brady revelations

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More than 150 wrongly convicted people exonerated in US last year
thejusticegap.com

More than 150 wrongly convicted people exonerated in US last year

Those who had their names cleared last year having served a total of 1,639 lost years – an average 10.9 years each.

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Planning Application
reformingprisons.blogspot.com

Planning Application

Rob Allen on a change of emphasis at the MoJ

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Capital depreciation
sciencedirect.com

Capital depreciation

The lack of recovery capital and post-release support for prisoners leaving drug recovery wings.

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‘Cuckooing’ as a form of criminal exploitation in street drug markets
link.springer.com

‘Cuckooing’ as a form of criminal exploitation in street drug markets

A form of criminal exploitation has recently emerged, evolved and taken meaningful hold in the UK.

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Bank Accounts for People Leaving Prison
knowyourmoney.co.uk

Bank Accounts for People Leaving Prison

Why many people recently released don’t have bank accounts, the problems this causes and how you can secure your own account.

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Clean Sheet becomes part of the Langley House Trust Group
langleyhousetrust.org

Clean Sheet becomes part of the Langley House Trust Group

New merger

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Research Manager – St Mungo’s
russellwebster.com

Research Manager – St Mungo’s

London£36,491 - £40,489 pa Permanent / 37.5 hours per week Closing date 8 July

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