The Week in Justice 2 February 2020

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Another busy week in the world of criminal justice. The quarterly Safety in Custody statistics were published and once again made for very disappointing reading with the number of prisoners self-harming reaching a record high.

The Prison Reform Trust also published its twice yearly Bromley Briefing, the invaluable source for all the latest data on everything to do with prisons. The new edition has a specific focus on the growing number of our prisoners serving very long sentences.

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


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

Self-harm in prison continues to rise
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Self-harm in prison continues to rise

Self-harm incidents reached a record high of 61,461 incidents in the 12 months to September 2019, up 16% from the previous 12 months.

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10 shocking facts about our prisons
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10 shocking facts about our prisons

PRT's latest Bromley Briefing sheds more light on our deteriorating prison system

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Explaining the benefits of parole
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Explaining the benefits of parole

Chief Exec Martin Jones describes just how our parole system works and highlights the key benefits.

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HMP & YOI Doncaster inspection report
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HMP & YOI Doncaster inspection report

Overcrowding and troubling number of deaths but respectful treatment & improved release work.

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How an assault changed this prison officer's life
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How an assault changed this prison officer's life

Figures show a rise in prison officers in England and Wales suffering from mental health problems.

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Baker McKenzie partner with Catch22 to hold prison workshops.
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Baker McKenzie partner with Catch22 to hold prison workshops.

HMP Thameside initiative on housing, financial management & employment rights on release.

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‘It’s incredible what they see’: housing associations on county lines crime
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‘It’s incredible what they see’: housing associations on county lines crime

Housing officers are using their local knowledge to spot abuse and exploitation, particularly ‘cuckooing’ of vulnerable residents by drug gangs

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Launch of Safer Streets Fund
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Launch of Safer Streets Fund

A new £25 million scheme to tackle burglary and theft in crime hotspots.

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Unlock response to Supreme Court judgment on criminal records disclosure
unlock.org.uk

Unlock response to Supreme Court judgment on criminal records disclosure

Highlights the unjust consequences of the current regime and the alternative, fairer systems available.

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Filming partner without their consent during sex ruled a criminal offence
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Filming partner without their consent during sex ruled a criminal offence

CPS urgently reviewing court of appeal decision after judges reject voyeurism law defence

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Changing the law on assisted dying
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Changing the law on assisted dying

Martyn Underhill, Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset, calls for a better , safer and kinder law on assisted dying.

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Homeless people not getting drug & alcohol treatment
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Homeless people not getting drug & alcohol treatment

St Mungo's reveals at least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year.

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 Investing to help specialist charities fix a broken justice system.
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Investing to help specialist charities fix a broken justice system.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales can give a voice to charities making a positive impact in the criminal justice system.

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Children left at risk of abuse after failures in safeguarding
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Children left at risk of abuse after failures in safeguarding

Offences within families continued unchecked, says damning report on child protection

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Drug Decriminalisation Across the World
talkingdrugs.org

Drug Decriminalisation Across the World

Great interactive map from Release & IDPC

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Criminal Court Sentencing: Thinking about Reform
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Criminal Court Sentencing: Thinking about Reform

Middlesex Uni 27 Feb. Great line-up of speakers

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Regional Manager
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Regional Manager

Covering the North-East

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