The Week in Justice 12 May 2019

The big news in criminal justice this week was the appointment of two new ministers. After an embarrassing delay of 8 days, Robert Buckland was made Prisons and Probation Minister, replacing Rory Stewart and Paul Maynard replaced Lucy Frazer and is responsible for courts and legal aid.

The Times carried a story saying that the re-nationalisation of probation is likely, although details are sparse. In other news, Hampshire and Isle of Wight CRC became the first private probation company to be rated by inspectors as "good".

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


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

Who's who at the MoJ?

Who's who at the MoJ?

russellwebster.com

After an 8 day delay, we finally have a new prisons and probation minister.

State may take back control of probation service

State may take back control of probation service

thetimes.co.uk

David Gauke is preparing to renationalise probation (Paywall article)

Probation "underfunded, fragile & lacking confidence of courts"

Probation "underfunded, fragile & lacking confidence of courts"

russellwebster.com

Public Accounts Committee highlights "desperately needed improvement to probation"

First private probation service rated good, but...

First private probation service rated good, but...

russellwebster.com

Hampshire & IOW CRC rated good but concerns about sweeping staff changes & high caseloads.

HMP Garth inspection

HMP Garth inspection

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Prison has made commendable improvements but much progress still needed

HMP Swaleside inspection

HMP Swaleside inspection

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Safer and more respectful but weaker on activity and rehabilitation

Judge visits serial rape accused in jail

Judge visits serial rape accused in jail

bbc.co.uk

Joseph McCann, who faces 21 charges including eight rapes, has refused to appear in court.

Youth service cuts linked to increase in knife crime

Youth service cuts linked to increase in knife crime

thejusticegap.com

APPG highlights increasing evidence of link between youth services cuts and knife crime.

Probation Healthcare Commissioning Toolkit

Probation Healthcare Commissioning Toolkit

russellwebster.com

Excellent new resource for University of Lincoln team

Smoke levels in jails fell 80% after ban

Smoke levels in jails fell 80% after ban

bbc.co.uk

Second-hand smoke levels in Scottish prisons drastically reduced after 2018 ban.

Mapping Innovation

Mapping Innovation

justiceinnovation.org

Great new resource from CJI

Age of criminal responsibility age to be raised to 12 in Scotland

Age of criminal responsibility age to be raised to 12 in Scotland

theguardian.com

Move unanimously backed but some want it to be 14 in line with UN’s stance

Knife crime 'linked to council cuts'

Knife crime 'linked to council cuts'

bbc.co.uk

Areas with larger cuts to youth services are more likely to see a larger knife crime rise.

Rehabilitation in Prison | A Call for Connections podcast

Rehabilitation in Prison | A Call for Connections podcast

anchor.fm

Is rehabilitation possible in our UK prisons and The Criminal Justice System?

Why rich convicts hire prison consultants

Why rich convicts hire prison consultants

bbc.co.uk

What do prison consultants actually do?

UK’s organised crime threat at record level

UK’s organised crime threat at record level

theguardian.com

National Crime Agency in plea for more police resources

Abuse of MPs hitting unprecedented levels

Abuse of MPs hitting unprecedented levels

theguardian.com

Fallout from Brexit sees crimes against politicians soar, Cressida Dick tells committee

Big Bird, Little Chicks

Big Bird, Little Chicks

prisonbag.com

Prison wife @prisonbag's latest on Rory Stewart, Extinction Rebellion & more

Welcome to Grendon

Welcome to Grendon

adammac.co.uk

Excellent blog from serving prisoner

Risk and rehabilitation in probation supervision

Risk and rehabilitation in probation supervision

crimeandjustice.org.uk

Mike Guilfoyle remembers probation practice with sex offenders.