The Week in Justice 19 May 2019

The big news in criminal justice this week was of course the Justice Secretary's decision to make big changes to the probation service, returning all offender management to the National Probation Service but retaining a large private sector worth £280m to deliver unpaid work, accredited programmes and other interventions to reduce reoffending.

In other news, Chief Prison Inspector Peter Clarke expressed dismay that HMP Lewes continued to deteriorate despite being placed under "special measures" and questioned whether HMPPS is presiding over systematic prison failure.

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

Probation re-nationalised (more or less)

Probation re-nationalised (more or less)

russellwebster.com

The end of Transforming Rehabilitation with all offender management returning to the NPS.

Probation Reform - Hansard

Probation Reform - Hansard

hansard.parliament.uk

Full official text of Mr Gauke's announcement of probation changes

Renationalising probation service is a start ...

Renationalising probation service is a start ...

thejusticegap.com

John Podmore writing on Justice Gap

Are our prisons systematically failing?

Are our prisons systematically failing?

russellwebster.com

Chief Inspector questions whether HMPPS is up to the job of turning round our failing prisons.

HMP Lewes inspection

HMP Lewes inspection

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Decline while in special measures suggests systematic prison service failure

Private jails more violent than public ones, data analysis shows

Private jails more violent than public ones, data analysis shows

theguardian.com

Figures for England and Wales raise questions over government’s prisons model

Guardian editorial on private prisons.

Guardian editorial on private prisons.

theguardian.com

New research suggests privatisation may be making a bad situation worse

Plan to restrict 12-month jail terms unveiled

Plan to restrict 12-month jail terms unveiled

bbc.co.uk

Scots look to end short prison sentences

Science programme first at Durham's women's prison

Science programme first at Durham's women's prison

thenorthernecho.co.uk

The first science programme is running at Low Newton

Dame Vera Baird is new Victims’ Commissioner

Dame Vera Baird is new Victims’ Commissioner

gov.uk

Northumbria PCC will take over from Baroness Newlove next month

Number of British paedophiles may be far higher than thought

Number of British paedophiles may be far higher than thought

theguardian.com

National Crime Agency chief says new figure is seven times greater than earlier estimate

UK stabbings: 100 lives lost in 2019

UK stabbings: 100 lives lost in 2019

bbc.co.uk

The BBC has tracked the killings to uncover the stories of those who have lost their lives.

Criminal Justice Innovation

Criminal Justice Innovation

russellwebster.com

A new online resource, mapping innovative justice projects across the UK.

We can't halt drug trade with arrests

We can't halt drug trade with arrests

theguardian.com

National Crime Agency head spells out limits of what can be achieved in fight against drugs

Tone down speeches to avoid hate crime, MEP candidates told

Tone down speeches to avoid hate crime, MEP candidates told

theguardian.com

Senior policeman urges campaigners to consider the impact of their words

Measure, Learn, Prove

Measure, Learn, Prove

getthedata.co.uk

Three social impact packages from Get The Data