The Week in Justice 1 March 2020

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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.

As always, click on the tile to see the full story.


The Week in Justice is kindly sponsored by specialist prison photographer Andy Aitchison.

Integrated Offender Management has lost its way
russellwebster.com

Integrated Offender Management has lost its way

Joint inspection finds IOM has lost its way and better leadership is needed to get it back on track.

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IOM best practice guide
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

IOM best practice guide

First in a new best practice series from @HMI Probation

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The 2020 MoJ ministerial line-up
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The 2020 MoJ ministerial line-up

The latest ministerial team includes ministers working across both the MoJ and the Home Office prompting rumours about big changes to the MoJ.

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IAP Keeping Safe Conference: Robert Buckland speech
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IAP Keeping Safe Conference: Robert Buckland speech

Speech by the Justice Secretary on prison safety

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Prison emergency safeguarding hotline welcomed.
prisonadvice.org.uk

Prison emergency safeguarding hotline welcomed.

Family members will be able to share urgent safeguarding concerns for someone in prison.

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Do drug markets drive serious violence?
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Do drug markets drive serious violence?

Crest Advisory finds the marketplace is more volatile and violent than it has ever been.

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HMP/YOI Norwich inspection report
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HMP/YOI Norwich inspection report

The prison has declined since 2016 and a more coherent strategy is needed to sustain recent improvements.

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HMYOI Aylesbury inspection verdict
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMYOI Aylesbury inspection verdict

Aafer with positive signs but increasing population could put progress at risk.

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Automatic early release of terrorists ends
gov.uk

Automatic early release of terrorists ends

The automatic early release of terrorist offenders ended on 26 Feb as emergency legislation to ensure the public is protected receives Royal Assent.

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Veterans in custody, their families and children
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Veterans in custody, their families and children

New research from Barnardo’s provides a glimpse into the ‘invisible’ lives of the children and families of veterans in custody.

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Home Office boss quits over 'campaign against him'
bbc.co.uk

Home Office boss quits over 'campaign against him'

Priti Patel's top civil servant intends to claim for constructive dismissal by the government.

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Forensic Science Regulator highlights threats to criminal justice
gov.uk

Forensic Science Regulator highlights threats to criminal justice

The 2019 report from the regulator emphasised the risk that skills shortages within forensic science pose to the future of the sector.

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The latest edition of Probation Quarterly is out
probation-institute.org

The latest edition of Probation Quarterly is out

Features on work with victims and the resettlement relationship

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Leadership in Prison Education: Meeting the challenges of the new system
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Leadership in Prison Education: Meeting the challenges of the new system

The Prisoner Learning Alliance explores the challenges of the new prison education commissioning system.

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Heart Beat
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Heart Beat

@Prisonbag is shockingly (& typically) honest mode about the realities of reconstructing a relationship after prison

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BBC One announces Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders
bbc.co.uk

BBC One announces Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders

The Offenders follows seven strangers from different walks of life forced together to complete a Community Payback sentence in Bristol.

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Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood - Crewe, Hulley & Wright
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Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood - Crewe, Hulley & Wright

Book launch 27 March London

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Classroom facilitator – Code 4000
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Classroom facilitator – Code 4000

Coding job at HMP Wandsworth, closing date 13 March

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