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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Reform Prison governor leaves

Reform Prison governor leaves

theguardian.com

Surprising news that Ian Bickers has been promoted out of Wandsworth

I Told You So

I Told You So

reformingprisons.blogspot.co.u

Rob Allen on Justice Committee TR inquiry

Justice Committee inquiry into TR

Justice Committee inquiry into TR

data.parliament.uk

Transcript of 2nd oral hearing

12 women prisoner suicides last year

12 women prisoner suicides last year

ppo.gov.uk

Ombudsman repeats recommendations

Dying in prison: Two women's stories

Dying in prison: Two women's stories

bbc.co.uk

In-depth report by BBC on prison suicides

Ondrej Suha (19) committed suicided

Ondrej Suha (19) committed suicided

theguardian.com

After getting notice of deportation

Only 5% of prison staff will get extra pay

Only 5% of prison staff will get extra pay

bbc.co.uk

BBC's Danny Shaw with details

Plans for new Wellingborough Prison

Plans for new Wellingborough Prison

northantstelegraph.co.uk

Capacity: 1,600

Counter-terrorism unit to tackle prison extremism

Counter-terrorism unit to tackle prison extremism

theguardian.com

100-strong taskforce

Guantánamo UK?

Guantánamo UK?

theguardian.com

HMP Durham first to have terrorist wing

New MoJ/HMI Prisons protocol

New MoJ/HMI Prisons protocol

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Key document to support Prisons & Courts Bill

Building trust in the courts

Building trust in the courts

justiceinnovation.org

How other countries tackle racism in the justice system

Beyond bars

Beyond bars

thinknpc.org

The voluntary sector & criminal justice

Lessons from Youth in Focus

Lessons from Youth in Focus

beyondyouthcustody.net

Young offenders' desistance

Punish domestic abuse more severely

Punish domestic abuse more severely

theguardian.com

New draft sentencing guidelines

Allow judiciary to work until 75

Allow judiciary to work until 75

theguardian.com

Lord Neuberger's proposal to tackle recruitment crisis

1% electronic tag straps are faulty

1% electronic tag straps are faulty

gov.uk

Could lead to false enforcement action

Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime

Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime

theguardian.com

Long piece by Gary Younge

Services for Scottish rape victims unacceptable

Services for Scottish rape victims unacceptable

bbc.co.uk

HMICS criticises police & NHS

Standby

Standby

vimeo.com

Treat yourself to this 5 minute video

Two short term placements

Two short term placements

russellwebster.com

Closing date 19 April

Fundraiser – User Voice

Fundraiser – User Voice

russellwebster.com

Closing date 18 April