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".
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The Week in Justice is kindly sponsored by specialist prison photographer Andy Aitchison.
Scottish judges will be instructed not to impose jail terms of under a year unless no other punishment is "appropriate".
‘Addiction to imprisonment’ marked by overuse of short sentences and botched reforms
Work to resettle and rehabilitate prisoners also improving.
Many positives but high violence impacting on boys’ lives
Inspectors praise innovative practice but raise concerns over staff shortages.
Review to ensure the law protects victims and is fit for the modern age.
Helen Newlove calls for victims to get free legal advice over access to personal data
Met commissioner calls for better use of data to fight fall in detection rates
Fears of increase in violent crime within the jail which will raise demands on the force.
Exclusive: English and Welsh forces lose 610 serious crime detectives under austerity
Children’s charity calls for new independent regulator, saying figures are tip of the iceberg
Series on the potential of technology to transform and modernise the justice service.
Algorithms are increasingly used to make decisions about our lives. Could they help the police reduce crime, asks David Edmonds.
John Podmore on Ian Brady revelations
Those who had their names cleared last year having served a total of 1,639 lost years – an average 10.9 years each.
Rob Allen on a change of emphasis at the MoJ
The lack of recovery capital and post-release support for prisoners leaving drug recovery wings.
A form of criminal exploitation has recently emerged, evolved and taken meaningful hold in the UK.
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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