This week was dominated by speculation on how far Justice Secretary Liz Truss will go in downsizing the National Offender Management Service. It appears certain that she will return policy responsibilities to the MoJ but likely that NOMS will be renamed HM Prison and Probation Service and retain operational support, assurance and capability functions.
Otherwise, another week of bleak prison news with more Spice-related deaths and damning inspection reports plus the possibility of a new tagging scandal.
Click on the links below for full details behind the headlines.
Inspectors' report warns that situation is “fragile”, with drugs thrown over the wall daily and only 29 officers on duty for 490 prisoners.
Another tagging scandal? Or just an isolated incident
Death at prison which was under pressure to tackle use of new psychoactive substances is 16th in England and Wales in a month
Inspection found 4 forces breaking rules aimed at ending discrimination against black people
Nice interview with Mr Flanders who put his entrepreneurial skills to good use in HMP Wandsworth by developing a cell workout programme.
My new infographic summarises findings from 140 evaluations by the Justice Data Lab to show which interventions are the most successful in reducing reoffending.
Women in Prison one of the organisations who wrote to the Guardian calling for a moratorium on prison building
An Enquiry into the Emotional Health & Wellbeing of Young People in the Justice System
Howard League says Sentencing Council's proposed guidelines on breach are punitive and miss primary purpose of achieving compliance with a community order.
Vol sector working with offenders? Take the latest Clinks TR survey.
The grieving families of prisoners who died at the jail with the highest number of self-inflicted deaths last year tell their heartbreaking stories
Tom Gash on why businesses, government and citizens should take on their responsibilities for preventing online crime.
Every week, more than 75% of prisoners tune in to National Prison Radio. We meet the team at Brixton and Styal prisons and learn just how important the station is to this most captive of audiences
Steven Avery’s lawyers support a new campaign calling for an end to MoJ policy of destroying court records.
Jim Brown laments the demise of a full, written pre-sentence report.
New report on social media and gangs from Catch 22, will be covered fully in a guest blog post on my site next week.
Vacancy in our Drug and Alcohol wellbeing network at CGL North service based in Crawley. Closing date 6 February.
Give women offenders a voice (Humber/Lincs/N.Yorks) closing date 20 Feb.