The Week in Justice 2 June 2019

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This week's main story was the MoJ announcing that it would devolve more power to prison governors so that they can grant temporary release (ROTL) more easily. This is to designed to improve both resettlement and pre-release education.

Otherwise there were critical inspection reports from both prison and probation inspectors and a disturbing court case in which widescale homophobia amongst prison staff at HMP Woodhill was exposed.

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


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

Offender rehabilitation drive boosted by new ROTL rules
gov.uk

Offender rehabilitation drive boosted by new ROTL rules

Governors empowered by rule change to grant temporary release more easily.

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Cumbria/Lancs private probation performing poorly
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Cumbria/Lancs private probation performing poorly

Cumbria & Lancashire CRC latest to be rated "requiring improvement" by probation inspectors.

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HMP Stocken – improved safety but purposeful activity has deteriorated
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Stocken – improved safety but purposeful activity has deteriorated

Inspectors found a mixed picture of progress in HMP Stocken, a training prison.

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Leigh’s story - Halfords colleague and ex-offender
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Leigh’s story - Halfords colleague and ex-offender

Leigh, an ex-offender, tells her story about working as a Halfords cycle technician.

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Jailbirds: Lessons from a Women's Prison
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Jailbirds: Lessons from a Women's Prison

It's a bit early for book of the year, but Mim Skinner's "Jailbirds": Lessons from a Women's Prison should definitely be on your list.

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Officials altered records in bisexual prison officer case, judge says
theguardian.com

Officials altered records in bisexual prison officer case, judge says

Ministry of Justice’s evidence in harassment tribunal found ‘sadly lacking’ in credibility

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Report raises alarm over police detention of vulnerable suspects
theguardian.com

Report raises alarm over police detention of vulnerable suspects

Suspects interviewed without appropriate adult present in over 100,000 cases in England and Wales, charity says

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Fraud trial abandoned because expert witness had no expertise
theguardian.com

Fraud trial abandoned because expert witness had no expertise

Past carbon credit convictions may be unsafe after Andrew Ager found to be unqualified

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'I see pain in her eyes' – the £3.6m masterpiece that went to jail
theguardian.com

'I see pain in her eyes' – the £3.6m masterpiece that went to jail

What did the women of Send Prison make of Gentileschi's painting of the torture of Saint Catherine

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How teaching art to women in prison changed their outlook
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How teaching art to women in prison changed their outlook

Mim Skinner spent two years teaching prisoners. Now she’s written a book, Jailbirds, to change our view of incarcerated women.

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Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web
theguardian.com

Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web

Tutorials available online showing how to get details of stolen cards, says tech firm

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The Howard League Community Awards
howardleague.org

The Howard League Community Awards

The Howard League's Community Awards are for the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime.

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Prisoner Apprenticeship Pathway
ersa.org.uk

Prisoner Apprenticeship Pathway

Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) initiative.

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 As prisons face their biggest crisis, why are we spending £250m on a titan jail?
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As prisons face their biggest crisis, why are we spending £250m on a titan jail?

John Podmore writing on Justice Gap

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