The Week in Justice 26 January 2020

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A very busy week in criminal justice with the government implementing its manifesto pledges on making serious offenders serve 2/3 (instead of 1/2) their prison sentence in custody and instituting a review of MAPPA.

The Chief Prison Inspector published a very critical report of the over use of solitary confinement for children in YOIs and INQUEST produced a damning indictment on the rise of preventable deaths in prison.

There was some good news on the probation side with inspectors praising the improved performance of Thames Valley CRC.

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


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

Serious violent and sexual offenders to spend longer in prison
gov.uk

Serious violent and sexual offenders to spend longer in prison

Serious violent and sexual criminals will be released at 2/3 point of sentence.

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Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements review
gov.uk

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements review

Terms of reference of MAPPA review

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Lie-detector tests planned for convicted terrorists freed on licence
theguardian.com

Lie-detector tests planned for convicted terrorists freed on licence

Monitoring and reporting requirements tightened in wake of London Bridge attack

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Polygraph’s revival may be about truth rather than lies
theguardian.com

Polygraph’s revival may be about truth rather than lies

The science is shaky on lie detecting but there is evidence polygraphs have another use

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HMP Highpoint inspection report
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Highpoint inspection report

Safety, respect and activity are strengths but release work remains weaker

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Solitary confinement of child prisoners
russellwebster.com

Solitary confinement of child prisoners

Prison Inspectors call for an overhaul of the way we "separate" child prisoners in YOIs and the ending of solitary confinement.

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16 jails to receive X-ray scanners
gov.uk

16 jails to receive X-ray scanners

Tough new security measures will be introduced at 16 of the most challenging jails.

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The national scandal of deaths in prison
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The national scandal of deaths in prison

INQUEST report exposing dangerous, longstanding failures across the prison estate and historically high levels of deaths in custody.

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Turning around our prison system
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Turning around our prison system

Reform Think Tank report sets out the priority areas for investment in our failing prison system.

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Thames Valley CRC improves performance
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Thames Valley CRC improves performance

Probation Inspectors rate Thames Valley CRC as "good", a significant improvement on previous inspection.

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Call for new law to protect victims in the justice system
theguardian.com

Call for new law to protect victims in the justice system

Crime victims say they feel ‘let down’ by the courts and police as new data reveals rising numbers are failing to press charges

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Criminals hiding weapons in London playgrounds, say police
theguardian.com

Criminals hiding weapons in London playgrounds, say police

Met police face rise in violent crime and fall in public confidence and say cuts to services haven’t helped

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Youth services suffer 70% funding cut in less than a decade
theguardian.com

Youth services suffer 70% funding cut in less than a decade

Parts of England and Wales receive nothing from local government, YMCA reveals

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Met Police to deploy facial recognition cameras
bbc.co.uk

Met Police to deploy facial recognition cameras

Police say the short-term deployments will check watchlists of suspects wanted for serious crimes.

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Strengthening Youth Diversion
justiceinnovation.org

Strengthening Youth Diversion

Point-of-arrest youth diversion can reduce crime, keep communities safer, cut costs, and create better outcomes for children.

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The Clinks Women’s Network
clinks.org

The Clinks Women’s Network

A new coaching and mentoring scheme for emerging leaders

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Stay connected, stay informed on prison reform
theviewmag.org.uk

Stay connected, stay informed on prison reform

For women with convictions

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Communication and Engagement Manager – Circles UK
russellwebster.com

Communication and Engagement Manager – Circles UK

Salary: £38,000 - £45,000 pro rata

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National Quality Manager – Circles UK
russellwebster.com

National Quality Manager – Circles UK

Salary: £40,619 - £45,000 pro rata

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Healthy Foundations Advocate – Women in Prison
russellwebster.com

Healthy Foundations Advocate – Women in Prison

Closing date 10 February

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