Week in Justice 2 Apr 2017

A week that included a fair selection of "things that make you go hmmm"; not least of which was the "promotion" of leading prison reform Governor Ian Bickers out of Wandsworth.

The urgent need for reform was illustrated yet again by the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman's learning bulletin on the increasing number of women who commit suicide inside.

The Justice Committee continued its inquiry into Transforming Rehabilitation with signs of positive developments decidedly thin on the ground. 

Details of a dedicated task-force to tackle extremism in prisons were released and the MoJ issued an official statement saying that 1% of electronic monitoring tags were found to be faulty and offenders could be wrongly charged with tampering with them.

There were also some interesting reports out this week on tackling racism in the courts and the role of the voluntary sector in justice.

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