The Week in Justice 14 July 2019

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Another busy week in criminal justice.

Probably the most significant news was the publication of Chief Prison Inspector Peter Clarke's annual report which, while acknowledging some areas of progress, highlighted ongoing problems relating to violence, drugs and a lack of activity, particularly in men's local and training prisons.

The prison inspectorate also published its first report on the new super prison Berwyn which found lots of problems, especially for a prison which was still at less than 60% capacity.

The second of the Prison Reform Trust's Prisoner Policy Network report on what prisoners need to make best use of their time in custody is also well worth reading.


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

Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report

Concerns about violence, drugs & inactivity

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My summary of the Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report.
russellwebster.com

My summary of the Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report.

Peter Clarke highlights men's local and training prisons as "the most troubled part of the prison estate".

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HMP Manchester – some improvements but progress slow and weak in key areas
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Manchester – some improvements but progress slow and weak in key areas

Disappointing inspection report highlights continuing concerns about suicide and self-harm

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HMP Berwyn – a good start for a new prison but some important weaknesses
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Berwyn – a good start for a new prison but some important weaknesses

Concerns include greater than average use of force by staff

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Justice Secretary publishes plans to improve conditions at Bristol prison
gov.uk

Justice Secretary publishes plans to improve conditions at Bristol prison

An action plan to improve conditions at HMP Bristol following an urgent notification by the prisons inspectorate.

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Fairer prisoner incentives to encourage rehabilitation
gov.uk

Fairer prisoner incentives to encourage rehabilitation

A new prisoner incentives system launched to improve relations between offenders and officers & encourage rehabilitation.

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Making the best use of time in prison
russellwebster.com

Making the best use of time in prison

PRT's Prisoner Policy Network discusses prisoner experiences of life behind the wall and what is needed to make best use of time served.

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First generation of Unlocked prison officers graduate
gov.uk

First generation of Unlocked prison officers graduate

Details of expansion of the scheme

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Preventing fatal opioid overdoses for prison leavers
russellwebster.com

Preventing fatal opioid overdoses for prison leavers

Take Home Naloxone: Forward Trust best practice to prevent fatal heroin overdoses on release from prison.

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The Clink Restaurant training programme reduces reoffending.
assets.publishing.service.gov.

The Clink Restaurant training programme reduces reoffending.

Justice Data Lab report

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Heaton admits MoJ's financial state ‘remains challenging’
civilserviceworld.com

Heaton admits MoJ's financial state ‘remains challenging’

Perm sec’s letter to MPs details £321m in adjustments and £900m prisons-repair backlog

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CPS and police ‘making intrusive demands of rape accusers’
theguardian.com

CPS and police ‘making intrusive demands of rape accusers’

Victims’ commissioner Vera Baird criticises policy of requesting personal material

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More than 500 victims of trafficking detained in 2018, UK study finds
theguardian.com

More than 500 victims of trafficking detained in 2018, UK study finds

Hundreds held in detention centres despite guidance they should be housed and supported

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Budget cuts driving up mental illness among 'exhausted' police officers
independent.co.uk

Budget cuts driving up mental illness among 'exhausted' police officers

Government announces reforms to improve wellbeing but officers repeat calls for increased funding

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Met officer under investigation after being filmed hitting boy
theguardian.com

Met officer under investigation after being filmed hitting boy

A number of cases filmed by the public have led to criminal & disciplinary investigations.

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Crimes against humour: should the police be making jokes on Twitter?
theguardian.com

Crimes against humour: should the police be making jokes on Twitter?

Derbyshire police drew criticism this week for tweeting a light hearted picture of a cordoned-off flip-flop. But a little banter can relieve the grim business of solving crime.

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Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
converseprisonnews.com

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

Details of changes

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Rooting for success: ex tutor's perspective
longfordtrust.org

Rooting for success: ex tutor's perspective

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a tutor in prison?

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