The Week in Justice 16 June 2019

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There were two big stories in criminal justice this week.

HMPPS published a "proposed future model for probation"; a blueprint for TR2, albeit with the caveat that the new system design remains a work in progress.

The Chief Prison Inspector issued his fifth Urgent Notification, this time on HMP Bristol which he said had been in decline for years, despite being put into special measures last year.

You can also see new Justice Minister Robert Buckland's first speech.

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


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

The proposed future model for probation
russellwebster.com

The proposed future model for probation

HMPPS has published a draft operating blueprint for the new probation system.

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Urgent notification for HMP Bristol
gov.uk

Urgent notification for HMP Bristol

The Chief Inspector of Prisons triggered the urgent notification process for HMP Bristol on 11 June 2019.

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HMP/YOI Moorland – significant improvements in safety and respect
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP/YOI Moorland – significant improvements in safety and respect

but must address public protection concerns

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Tackling violent offending by women
russellwebster.com

Tackling violent offending by women

Evaluation of the Choices, Actions, Relationships and Emotions (CARE) programme for women who have a history of violence and complex needs.

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‘It gives me freedom within’: prison choirs are transforming lives
theguardian.com

‘It gives me freedom within’: prison choirs are transforming lives

Liberty Choirs help prisoners build their futures and give them a space to feel safe in

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New Justice Minister sets out whole system approach to justice reform
gov.uk

New Justice Minister sets out whole system approach to justice reform

Robert Buckland first keynote speech

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Police force seeks volunteers to view indecent images in forensics unit
theguardian.com

Police force seeks volunteers to view indecent images in forensics unit

Expert calls move a ‘disaster’ and expresses concerns over participants’ welfare

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Police forensics contractor 'sent phones to Fone Fun Shop'
theguardian.com

Police forensics contractor 'sent phones to Fone Fun Shop'

Digital evidence lab Sytech loses accreditation after former employee raised concerns

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Knife and offensive weapon offences reach highest level for decade
theguardian.com

Knife and offensive weapon offences reach highest level for decade

MoJ figures for England and Wales show there were 22,041 offences in year to March

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Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes surge in England and Wales
theguardian.com

Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes surge in England and Wales

Offences double since 2014 against gay and lesbian people and treble against trans people, Guardian analysis reveals

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'New stop and search': rappers condemn police over drill bans
theguardian.com

'New stop and search': rappers condemn police over drill bans

Krept and Konan start petition and release video calling on police to stop targeting artists

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Enhancing arts and culture in criminal justice settings – a partnership approach.
artsincriminaljustice.org.uk

Enhancing arts and culture in criminal justice settings – a partnership approach.

Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s new guidance for artists and arts organisations interested in working in criminal justice settings

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Nut Job
prisonbag.com

Nut Job

Latest blog from @prisonbag looks at how prisoners celebrate Eid inside

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Improving Language, Improving Lives
bell-foundation.org.uk

Improving Language, Improving Lives

Resources for ESOL Tutors’ who work in prison

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Droughts and deserts: a study of legal aid market failure
thejusticegap.com

Droughts and deserts: a study of legal aid market failure

Barrister Jo Wilding's new research on the supply side of the market for immigration and asylum legal aid services.

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Legal challenge to protect child informants from ‘exploitation’ by police
thejusticegap.com

Legal challenge to protect child informants from ‘exploitation’ by police

Just for Kids Law says teenagers in County Lines cases are at risk

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