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.

Official text of Liz Truss prison reform speech

Official text of Liz Truss prison reform speech

gov.uk

Calls for better mental health & drug provision on community sentences

Probation struggling with new model

Probation struggling with new model

russellwebster.com

Manchester - Inspectors find NPS performing well, CRC poorly & good work with women offenders.

Prison officer numbers fall by 347

Prison officer numbers fall by 347

eppingforestguardian.co.uk

Staffing levels still heading in the wrong direction

Prison officers' pay to rise

Prison officers' pay to rise

theguardian.com

Frontline staff in London and south-east will earn up to £5,000 more

Prison reform main subject on Pienaar's politics

Prison reform main subject on Pienaar's politics

bbc.co.uk

Skip Gyimah & Burgon & listen to First Dates' Fred on pop-up prison restaurants

There are safe ways to reduce prison numbers

There are safe ways to reduce prison numbers

huffingtonpost.co.uk

Frances Crook of the Howard League says Liz Truss's bark is worse than her bite.

The Speech Liz Truss Should Have Given...

The Speech Liz Truss Should Have Given...

reformingprisons.blogspot.co.u

Rob Allen argues that sentencing reform is the only way to tackle the prison population.

Governors can save prisons from chaos

Governors can save prisons from chaos

theguardian.com

John Podmore argues that prison governors are the "seeds of reform"

New Futures Network

New Futures Network

surveymonkey.co.uk

Take this survey to make sure your voice is heard in shaping prison reform catalyst NFN

The Free Prisoner

The Free Prisoner

site-727954-7973-238.strikingl

Transforming prison design with rehabilitation hubs

PM to transform how we tackle domestic violence

PM to transform how we tackle domestic violence

gov.uk

Theresa May announces plans for Domestic Violence and Abuse Act

A restorative response to sexual harassment?

A restorative response to sexual harassment?

restorativejustice.org.uk

Typically thoughtful piece from Jon Collins.

Supreme court seeks new judges to improve diversity

Supreme court seeks new judges to improve diversity

theguardian.com

All current 11 members are white, 10 men & 9 privately educated.

Involving young people in the youth justice system

Involving young people in the youth justice system

criminaljusticealliance.org

Pippa Goodfellow on a new NACRO campaign

PCC's new major hate crime study

PCC's new major hate crime study

westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk

To identify support needs & expectations of hate crime victims in West Midlands.

The blame culture in policing today

The blame culture in policing today

theguardian.com

Intriguing & concerning piece by Chief Super Gavin Thomas

Domestic abuse victims wait 2 years for compensation

Domestic abuse victims wait 2 years for compensation

theguardian.com

Criminal injuries payouts average £7,500 & take 612 days

Panorama, Behind Bars

Panorama, Behind Bars

bbc.co.uk

Effects of Spice on prisoners & staff at HMP Northumberland. Click to watch.

Prison reform is not optional

Prison reform is not optional

conservativehome.com

Ed Boyd says rehabilitation must be a policy objective.

Preventing suicides: staff perspectives

Preventing suicides: staff perspectives

howardleague.org

Prisons need culture change to prevent suicides

HMP Wymott inspection

HMP Wymott inspection

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

"A reasonably safe prison doing good rehabilitative work"

And finally...

And finally...

gmp.police.uk

Job candidate turns up to interview for police job intoxicated - and is duly breathalysed and disqualified from driving.

Service Manager Job

Service Manager Job

russellwebster.com

London (Hounslow) £36k

Offender Health Nurse Job

Offender Health Nurse Job

russellwebster.com

Nottingham £24 per hour