The Week in Justice 26 May 2019

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The criminal justice inspectors were making most of the news this week. In the world of probation we found out just how poor resettlement work is and that the London division of NPS is performing poorly, failing victims of crime in particular.

The prison inspectors were pleased that HMP Guys Marsh was slowly making progress, having been "out of control" five years ago, noted some positive progress at HMP Chelmsford but were disappointed that even the Urgent Notification process wasn't sufficient to turn around HMP Exeter.

In other news, the Revolving Doors Agency's campaign to curb the use of short prison sentences continues to gain traction.

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


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

What are the MoJ’s plans for probation?
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What are the MoJ’s plans for probation?

Latest details from MoJ response to probation consultation

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London National Probation Service failing
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London National Probation Service failing

Probation Inspectors find London to be the first sub-standard public probation division, rated as "requiring improvement".

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Private probation failing short term prisoners on release
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Private probation failing short term prisoners on release

HMI Probation finds that CRCs are "hardly scratching the surface" in meeting the needs of the short term prisoners they supervise on release.

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Statement from Dame Glenys Stacey
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Statement from Dame Glenys Stacey

Dame Glenys Stacey will be standing down as Chief Inspector of Probation. Her appointment will end on 31 May 2019.

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HMP Guys Marsh – tangible progress for the first time in many years
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HMP Guys Marsh – tangible progress for the first time in many years

Dorset training and resettlement jail assessed as ‘out of control’ five years ago, showed substantial improvement in new inspection.

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HMP Exeter – some improvements but ‘too little, too late’ in key areas.
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HMP Exeter – some improvements but ‘too little, too late’ in key areas.

Even the urgent notification process hasn't succeeded in turning this prison around.

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HMP Chelmsford – progress in tackling violence, but ...
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HMP Chelmsford – progress in tackling violence, but ...

Still concerns over high levels of drug use.

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Increasing prison violence leads to rise in officer departures
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Increasing prison violence leads to rise in officer departures

915 prison officers left after fewer than 12 months of service in 2018 – compared to 61 in 2010.

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Revealed: single offender has been jailed nearly 200 times
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Revealed: single offender has been jailed nearly 200 times

Exclusive: disclosure prompts calls to curb use of short sentences in England and Wales

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The Birmingham man who was jailed for stealing a £1.50 can of beer
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The Birmingham man who was jailed for stealing a £1.50 can of beer

The 29-year-old says four short sentences in a year have only made his problems worse

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Government moves closer to introducing Sentencing Code
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Government moves closer to introducing Sentencing Code

The new Sentencing Code to simplify and tidy up the country’s complex sentencing laws moved a step closer.

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Seen & Heard: The voices of those affected by prison
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Seen & Heard: The voices of those affected by prison

100 poems (and drawings) by parents and children affected by prison.

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What I learned about pregnancy & motherhood in a women’s prison
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What I learned about pregnancy & motherhood in a women’s prison

Pregnant women in jail are revered by other inmates – but the question of what will happen to the child is never far away

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 A report on the proposed extension of the Presumption Against Short Sentences.
communityjustice.scot

A report on the proposed extension of the Presumption Against Short Sentences.

This research compares the needs experienced by people given a community sentence and people given a custodial sentence of 12 months or under.

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BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, At Risk? Children in Residential Care
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BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, At Risk? Children in Residential Care

Where do they go? Why vulnerable young people are going missing from children's homes.

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Trial and error: the governance of new technology in policing?
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Trial and error: the governance of new technology in policing?

Gavin Hales on police use of facial recognition technology.

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Clinks' State of the sector survey 2019
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Clinks' State of the sector survey 2019

Voluntary sector working with offenders? Take the Clinks annual survey.

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Prisoner Learning Alliance new website
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Prisoner Learning Alliance new website

Progress review of Coates Report

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Probation quarterly
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Probation quarterly

Latest edition of the Probation Institute magazine

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Digital Innovations in Prison Conference
herc.ac.uk

Digital Innovations in Prison Conference

The Centre for Women’s Mental Health 22/23 July Manchester.

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Chair of Trustees – Revolving Doors Agency
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Chair of Trustees – Revolving Doors Agency

We are seeking an ambitious new Chair to lead our Board of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity to help drive the success of an increasingly influential charity that is having substantial impact

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NECG Involvement Manager – Revolving Doors Agency
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NECG Involvement Manager – Revolving Doors Agency

We are looking for an experienced Involvement Manager to join our team.

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