Week in Justice 23 April 2017

A busy week in criminal justice despite the announcement of a snap election. 

There were two new probation area inspection reports this week; in both the inspectorate criticised the performance of private probation and made it clear that supervising low risk offenders by telephone was unacceptable.

Two new prison inspection reports were also very critical; highlighting further increases in violence, a theme echoed by a report by a European watchdog.

This week's round-up includes a number of commentators looking at the possible impact of the election and a new government. We know that the Prisons and Courts Bill will not go through parliament before the election and it's not clear whether the MoJ probation review (though complete) will be published or not.

Some have speculated that a new May government might wind up the MoJ itself or at least replace the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss. In the meantime the MoJ has pressed on regardless: proposing a new fast-track deportation system, a police/prison squad to tackle drug-delivery drones and extremist separation centres - prisons within prisons.

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Private probation in Northants "poor"

Private probation in Northants "poor"

russellwebster.com

NPS adequate, CRC poor despite innovative model

Inspectors condemn probation supervision by telephone

Inspectors condemn probation supervision by telephone

russellwebster.com

Low risk offenders managed by 6-weekly call

Rumours, Reform and Rehabilitation

Rumours, Reform and Rehabilitation

thersa.org

How will the election affect prison reform?

Crime and Justice in the 2017 election

Crime and Justice in the 2017 election

crestadvisory.com

Crime no longer an election issue

Criminal Justice post-election

Criminal Justice post-election

reformingprisons.blogspot.co.u

Rob Allen speculates that the MoJ may be dismantled by May

Joshua Rozenberg on the election and criminal justice

Joshua Rozenberg on the election and criminal justice

facebook.com

Prison Reform to survive but Liz Truss to go?

European Watchdog criticises English prisons

European Watchdog criticises English prisons

coe.int

Prison violence, poor regimes & chronic overcrowding

Inspection of HMP Garth

Inspection of HMP Garth

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

High levels of violence linked to serious drug problem

Juvenile Unit at Parc inspection

Juvenile Unit at Parc inspection

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Much to commend but safety deteriorated

Extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population - GOV.UK

Extremists to be separated from mainstream prison population - GOV.UK

gov.uk

Details of new separation centres

High-flyers can give new purpose to prisons

High-flyers can give new purpose to prisons

thetimes.co.uk

Rachel Sylvester of Times on Unlocked graduate scheme

State of Policing Report

State of Policing Report

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Police cannot continue to fill the gaps left by other agencies

Met police concern over gun & knife crime

Met police concern over gun & knife crime

theguardian.com

Cressida Dick says tackling violent crime her priority

Liz Truss proposes fast-track deportations

Liz Truss proposes fast-track deportations

theguardian.com

For failed asylum seekers and foreign offenders

Facing up to our shadow side with compassion

Facing up to our shadow side with compassion

opendemocracy.net

Powerful account of restorative justice

Drones and Phones

Drones and Phones

prisonerben.blogspot.co.uk

Prisoner Ben says drones are not the main problem

New squad to tackle prison drug drones

New squad to tackle prison drug drones

gov.uk

Prison & Police officers