The Week in Justice 22 March 2020

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Inevitably, this week's edition focuses on coronavirus and the ways it affects the criminal justice system, particularly everyone - prisoners & staff - in custody.

In other news, interesting new research on the effectiveness of lie detectors with sex offenders was published and a new project dedicated to the co-creation of a rehabilitation-focused justice system.

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


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

We must help our prisons in the fight against coronavirus
politicshome.com

We must help our prisons in the fight against coronavirus

Justice Committee Chair, Bob Neill sets out the challenge.

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COVID-19 update - Prison Inspectors
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

COVID-19 update - Prison Inspectors

15 inspections suspended, to be reviewed at end of May

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons
gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons

Guidance about visiting prisons during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Health and safety for prison staff
russellwebster.com

Health and safety for prison staff

A House of Commons debate pack provides important information about health and safety for prison staff.

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Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures
theguardian.com

Prisons ‘could see 800 deaths’ from coronavirus without protective measures

Former justice secretary David Gauke calls for early releases and suspension of short sentences to limit spread of infection

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation
gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation

Detailed guidance (current 20 March)

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Longer criminal trials in England and Wales to be delayed due to Covid-19
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Longer criminal trials in England and Wales to be delayed due to Covid-19

Hearings of over three days deemed to pose unacceptable risk of spreading coronavirus

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How our prisons are tackling coronavirus
workwithoffenders.co.uk

How our prisons are tackling coronavirus

Work with Offenders reviews current policy and thinking around risk within the prison system

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HMP Warren Hill inspection verdict
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Warren Hill inspection verdict

Excellent prison helping serious offenders make progress

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HMP Parc – inspection report.
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Parc – inspection report.

This prison was found to have become safer and to have maintained high standards in other healthy prison tests.

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New research finds polygraphs effective for sex offenders
russellwebster.com

New research finds polygraphs effective for sex offenders

Voluntary and mandatory polygraphs elicit risk-relevant information.

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Victim surcharge increased
gov.uk

Victim surcharge increased

Offenders will make a greater financial contribution towards victim support services under new legislation

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Co-creating a Rehabilitation-ready Criminal Justice System | Cosie
cosie.turkuamk.fi

Co-creating a Rehabilitation-ready Criminal Justice System | Cosie

The ambition of the UK CoSIE pilot is to extend co-creation to the rehabilitation of offenders.

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What’s on the horizon this year for health and justice?
clinks.org

What’s on the horizon this year for health and justice?

Zahra Wynne blogs on key issues & priorities

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Criminal Justice in a Time of Crisis
reformingprisons.blogspot.com

Criminal Justice in a Time of Crisis

Rob Allen sets out a clear strategy for the CJS to tackle coronavirus

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Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison
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Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

Do no harm, equality, transparency, humanity: values should guide the response to coronavirus

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A joint venture between Circles UK and the Geese Theatre Company
circles-uk.org.uk

A joint venture between Circles UK and the Geese Theatre Company

Using theatre to highlight the importance of working with sexual harm causers to prevent further victims

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