Another busy week in criminal justice.
Probably the most significant news was the publication of Chief Prison Inspector Peter Clarke's annual report which, while acknowledging some areas of progress, highlighted ongoing problems relating to violence, drugs and a lack of activity, particularly in men's local and training prisons.
The prison inspectorate also published its first report on the new super prison Berwyn which found lots of problems, especially for a prison which was still at less than 60% capacity.
The second of the Prison Reform Trust's Prisoner Policy Network report on what prisoners need to make best use of their time in custody is also well worth reading.
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The Week in Justice is kindly sponsored by specialist prison photographer Andy Aitchison.
Concerns about violence, drugs & inactivity
Peter Clarke highlights men's local and training prisons as "the most troubled part of the prison estate".
Disappointing inspection report highlights continuing concerns about suicide and self-harm
Concerns include greater than average use of force by staff
An action plan to improve conditions at HMP Bristol following an urgent notification by the prisons inspectorate.
A new prisoner incentives system launched to improve relations between offenders and officers & encourage rehabilitation.
PRT's Prisoner Policy Network discusses prisoner experiences of life behind the wall and what is needed to make best use of time served.
Details of expansion of the scheme
Take Home Naloxone: Forward Trust best practice to prevent fatal heroin overdoses on release from prison.
Justice Data Lab report
Perm sec’s letter to MPs details £321m in adjustments and £900m prisons-repair backlog
Victims’ commissioner Vera Baird criticises policy of requesting personal material
Hundreds held in detention centres despite guidance they should be housed and supported
Government announces reforms to improve wellbeing but officers repeat calls for increased funding
A number of cases filmed by the public have led to criminal & disciplinary investigations.
Derbyshire police drew criticism this week for tweeting a light hearted picture of a cordoned-off flip-flop. But a little banter can relieve the grim business of solving crime.
Details of changes
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a tutor in prison?