The Week in Justice - 19 Feb 2017

Another week dominated by prison reform. Liz Truss' speech (which she made the same day that Panorama broadcast "Undercover Prison") unsurprisingly ruled out sentencing reforms to cut the prison population. However, probation staff may have been pleased to hear her speak about the importance of community sentences. 

There's a fair selection of responses from different political perspectives below, but perhaps the most important are the news that staffing levels have fallen again and Liz Truss' announcement that she aims to tackle this by improving pay (in London and the SE).

In other news, private probation companies are still struggling - Greater Manchester the latest area to go under the inspectors' knife - the Supreme Court wants its new judges to be more representative of modern Britain and Theresa May wants to reform the way we tackle domestic violence.

Watch out for the Prison and Courts Bill this week.