The Week in Justice 23 June 2019

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A busy week in criminal justice this week. The MoJ published the second Farmer Review, this one focusing on the importance of family for female offenders.

The Department also announced that it was rolling out its community treatment pilots to two new areas on the 10th anniversary of the Bradley Report into mental health and the criminal justice system.

Sadly, Paul Senior, the first ever Professor of probation studies and a champion of community-based probation work all his life, died this week after a long battle against cancer. He will be sorely missed.

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


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

Professor Paul Senior RIP
probationmatters.blogspot.com

Professor Paul Senior RIP

Tribute to Paul Senior, a true champion of probation

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Farmer Review published
gov.uk

Farmer Review published

MoJ press release accompanying publication of Farmer Review on women offenders.

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Farmer Review: family ties indispensable for women offenders
russellwebster.com

Farmer Review: family ties indispensable for women offenders

My summary of the Farmer Review looking at family ties and women offenders.

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex private probation performing poorly
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Kent, Surrey and Sussex private probation performing poorly

Kent, Surrey & Sussex CRC is delivering innovative work with offenders but still rated as "requiring improvement" by probation inspectors.

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Community treatment pilots to steer offenders away from crime
gov.uk

Community treatment pilots to steer offenders away from crime

CSTR pilots rolled out to 9 more courts + prison health consultations via video link

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In Ten Years Time  marks anniversary of Bradley Report
revolving-doors.org.uk

In Ten Years Time marks anniversary of Bradley Report

People with mental health issues should not be sent to prison without needs being considered in a Pre-Sentence Report.

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Probation service and police failed murdered nurse, inquest finds
theguardian.com

Probation service and police failed murdered nurse, inquest finds

Tragic murder of Lisa Skidmore by Leroy Campbell who was under probation supervision at the time.

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HMP Birmingham Independent review of progress
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Birmingham Independent review of progress

Progress in tackling violence and squalor but still weak in education & management of sex offenders

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HMP & YOI Foston Hall inspection report
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP & YOI Foston Hall inspection report

A “very positive institution” with reasonably good outcomes across all four HM Inspectorate of Prisons’ healthy prison tests.

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There are better answers than jail for women who have offended
theguardian.com

There are better answers than jail for women who have offended

Yvonne Roberts on the women offenders lobby this coming Wednesday

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Carl Cattermole's prison survival guide
theguardian.com

Carl Cattermole's prison survival guide

Is tinned fish currency? How do you make ‘jail velcro’? And will bedwetting get you a single cell?

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Rehabilitation order sees 400 spared jail
bbc.co.uk

Rehabilitation order sees 400 spared jail

N. Ireland scheme, which has cut reoffending rates in pilot areas, involves unpaid work in the community.

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John Poyton: ‘Youth violence should be seen as a health issue’
theguardian.com

John Poyton: ‘Youth violence should be seen as a health issue’

The chief executive of Redthread youth work charity says A&Es are the best places to reach young, at-risk victims of knife crime

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Teens caught up in county lines gangs have seen things no child should see
theguardian.com

Teens caught up in county lines gangs have seen things no child should see

Addaction team works with young people who’ve been groomed, brainwashed and traumatised.

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Violent offences 'dealt with informally'
bbc.co.uk

Violent offences 'dealt with informally'

Police issue out of court disposals for a range of serious crimes.

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Police suspend work with major forensics firm after cyber-attack
theguardian.com

Police suspend work with major forensics firm after cyber-attack

More than half of outsourced case work disrupted due to Eurofins security breach

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New Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling
howardleague.org

New Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling

A major commission to investigate the links between crime and problem gambling launched on 20 June

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Prison drug recovery wings for women
findings.org.uk

Prison drug recovery wings for women

Establishing a ‘Corstonian’ continuous care pathway for drug using female prisoners.

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Protecting vulnerable suspects in police custody
thejusticegap.com

Protecting vulnerable suspects in police custody

The importance of appropriate adults

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Independent, Effective, Humane:
thinknpc.org

Independent, Effective, Humane:

The case for funding charities in the prison system

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Chair of Trustees – Women in Prison
russellwebster.com

Chair of Trustees – Women in Prison

Closing date 8 July

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New social impact packages
getthedata.co.uk

New social impact packages

GtD has launched three new social impact packages – Measure, Learn & Prove.

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