An extremely busy week in criminal justice circles. The government finally published details about the responsibilities of the ministers now working across the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. Given the political upheavals at the top of the Home Office, any plan for it to take over some of the MoJ's functions seems laden with risk.
There was positive news in the Justice Secretary's commitment to provide a properly staffed safeguarding hotline at every prison but a disappointing verdict by the probation and police inspectors on the current performance of IOM schemes.
The legislation changing the automatic release of terrorists at the half-way stage of their prison sentence also passed into law this week.
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Joint inspection finds IOM has lost its way and better leadership is needed to get it back on track.
First in a new best practice series from @HMI Probation
The latest ministerial team includes ministers working across both the MoJ and the Home Office prompting rumours about big changes to the MoJ.
Speech by the Justice Secretary on prison safety
Family members will be able to share urgent safeguarding concerns for someone in prison.
Crest Advisory finds the marketplace is more volatile and violent than it has ever been.
The prison has declined since 2016 and a more coherent strategy is needed to sustain recent improvements.
Aafer with positive signs but increasing population could put progress at risk.
The automatic early release of terrorist offenders ended on 26 Feb as emergency legislation to ensure the public is protected receives Royal Assent.
New research from Barnardo’s provides a glimpse into the ‘invisible’ lives of the children and families of veterans in custody.
Priti Patel's top civil servant intends to claim for constructive dismissal by the government.
The 2019 report from the regulator emphasised the risk that skills shortages within forensic science pose to the future of the sector.
Features on work with victims and the resettlement relationship
The Prisoner Learning Alliance explores the challenges of the new prison education commissioning system.
@Prisonbag is shockingly (& typically) honest mode about the realities of reconstructing a relationship after prison
The Offenders follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.
Book launch 27 March London
Coding job at HMP Wandsworth, closing date 13 March