The Week in Justice 16 February 2020

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A busy week on the prison side with Chief Inspector Peter Clarke calling for reform of YOIs, a mixed bag of inspection reports and emergency legislation to change the sentencing of people convicted of terrorist offences.

In other news, Durham Police's Checkpoint diversion scheme is seeing positive results in reducing reoffending and the Met Police go ahead with the controversial deployment of facial recognition technology.

Finally, don't miss the stunning pictures of Fine Cell Work's collaboration between prison stitchers and internationally renowned artists.

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


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

Inspectors call for reform of YOIs
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Inspectors call for reform of YOIs

Chief Prison Inspector Peter Clarke said the negative experiences of children in YOIs underlines the need for their reform.

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HMP Wormwood Scrubs inspection
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Wormwood Scrubs inspection

Impressive, though fragile, improvement

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HMP Dovegate inspection report
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HMP Dovegate inspection report

Prison has made some notable progress over the last two years, becoming a safer prison.

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HMP Wealstun inspection
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HMP Wealstun inspection

A contrasting picture of good work undermined by significant weaknesses, particularly the failure to tackle drugs.

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End to automatic early release of terrorists
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End to automatic early release of terrorists

Details of emergency legislation

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A stitch during time: artists and prisoners sew together – in pictures
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A stitch during time: artists and prisoners sew together – in pictures

Artists including Ai Weiwei and Cornelia Parker have collaborated with sewers in British prisons for a new exhibition

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Northumbria CRC improves performance but not rating
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Northumbria CRC improves performance but not rating

Probation Inspectors found that CRC had improved but not sufficiently - still rated as "requires improvement".

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Recruitment, training and professional development of probation staff
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Recruitment, training and professional development of probation staff

Latest in probation inspectorate Academic Insights series

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Lammy update 2020
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Lammy update 2020

MoJ progress on Lammy

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Durham's pioneering police scheme slashes reoffending rates
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Durham's pioneering police scheme slashes reoffending rates

Scheme allows offenders to avoid prosecution if they take part in rehabilitation programme

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Number of women killed at highest level since 2006
bbc.co.uk

Number of women killed at highest level since 2006

There were 241 female homicide victims in England and Wales in the year to the end of March 2019.

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Met police deploy live facial recognition technology
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Met police deploy live facial recognition technology

Cameras used at east London shopping centre despite experts warning against them

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Chris Grayling interviewed for IfG Minsters Reflect series
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Chris Grayling interviewed for IfG Minsters Reflect series

Chris Grayling talks about his various ministerial roles, including key decisions he made as justice and transport secretary.

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Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands
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Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands

Campaign to lure men seeking to buy sex triggers big decline in online searches in Seattle

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Time to get it right: The state of youth court in England and Wales
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Time to get it right: The state of youth court in England and Wales

Click to register and attend. 1 pm 25 March

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