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".
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After an 8 day delay, we finally have a new prisons and probation minister.
David Gauke is preparing to renationalise probation (Paywall article)
Public Accounts Committee highlights "desperately needed improvement to probation"
Hampshire & IOW CRC rated good but concerns about sweeping staff changes & high caseloads.
Prison has made commendable improvements but much progress still needed
Safer and more respectful but weaker on activity and rehabilitation
Joseph McCann, who faces 21 charges including eight rapes, has refused to appear in court.
APPG highlights increasing evidence of link between youth services cuts and knife crime.
Excellent new resource for University of Lincoln team
Second-hand smoke levels in Scottish prisons drastically reduced after 2018 ban.
Great new resource from CJI
Move unanimously backed but some want it to be 14 in line with UN’s stance
Areas with larger cuts to youth services are more likely to see a larger knife crime rise.
Is rehabilitation possible in our UK prisons and The Criminal Justice System?
What do prison consultants actually do?
National Crime Agency in plea for more police resources
Fallout from Brexit sees crimes against politicians soar, Cressida Dick tells committee
Prison wife @prisonbag's latest on Rory Stewart, Extinction Rebellion & more
Excellent blog from serving prisoner
Mike Guilfoyle remembers probation practice with sex offenders.