The Week in Justice 29 March 2020

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This week's edition, like all of us, is almost entirely focused on coronavirus. Some of the resources included, such as the MoJ COVID-19 and Prisons and the Clinks page will be regularly updated throughout the pandemic.

The main concern this week has been the vulnerability of prisoners to the virus. All visits have been halted and the governments in England & Wales and Scotland have been considering releasing low risk or short term prisoners early. We expect decisions this coming week.

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


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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons
gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons

Guidance for families and friends of those in prison during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): victim and witness services
gov.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19): victim and witness services

Information on accessing victim and witness support services.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)
clinks.org

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Resource for all criminal justice voluntary sector organisations.

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Coronavirus crisis leads to precipitous drop in recorded crime
theguardian.com

Coronavirus crisis leads to precipitous drop in recorded crime

Offences including burglary and violence fall by as much as 20% in some areas

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Police given new powers and support to respond to coronavirus
gov.uk

Police given new powers and support to respond to coronavirus

New public health regulations will strengthen enforcement powers to reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.

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Keeping prisoners active throughout lockdown
russellwebster.com

Keeping prisoners active throughout lockdown

How Fine Cell Work is keeping prisoners active. 1st in a new series on how the justice sector is protecting its service users against the impact of coronavirus.

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First prisoner in UK dies from coronavirus
theguardian.com

First prisoner in UK dies from coronavirus

Eighty-four-year-old man at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire died on Sunday

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Release inmates or face jail pandemic.
theguardian.com

Release inmates or face jail pandemic.

Prison Governors: overcrowding and staff shortages means Covid-19 could overwhelm system

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Will the government act on prisons and coronavirus?
workwithoffenders.co.uk

Will the government act on prisons and coronavirus?

Criminal justice and public health experts alike have become increasingly concerned about the risk that coronavirus poses to people in prison.

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Prison visits cancelled
gov.uk

Prison visits cancelled

Official MoJ press release with details about secure phones.

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HMP Leeds inspection report
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Leeds inspection report

Safer and more respectful but more support needed for those in crisis.

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Coronavirus and women in custody: swift and decisive action is needed
howardleague.org

Coronavirus and women in custody: swift and decisive action is needed

Frances Crook blogs about coronavirus and women in custody

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 Stop ‘churn’ of prisoners through jail to limit COVID-19
thejusticegap.com

Stop ‘churn’ of prisoners through jail to limit COVID-19

David Gauke & the thinktank Reform are amongst those calling for the early release of prisoners and the suspension of short sentences.

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'Everyone will be contaminated'
theguardian.com

'Everyone will be contaminated'

The World Health Organization has issued guidelines aimed at protecting prisoners.

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Isolation: an expert survivor's guide
longfordtrust.org

Isolation: an expert survivor's guide

Isolation: an expert survivor’s guide by artist and former Longford scholar Lee Cutter

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Coronavirus is a disaster for UK prisons.
theguardian.com

Coronavirus is a disaster for UK prisons.

Releasing the harmless now will save lives.

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Standards of Mental Health Care in Prisons
tandfonline.com

Standards of Mental Health Care in Prisons

A Qualitative Study of Reports from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.

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Solicitors cautiously welcome new abuse courts
lawgazette.co.uk

Solicitors cautiously welcome new abuse courts

Treasury says £5m allocated in budget will fund trial of specialist courts allowing criminal and family matters to be considered together.

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90minswebinar
youtube.com

90minswebinar

I'll be doing a live Webinar all about my book '90 Minutes of Freedom' on the only prisoner football team in Wales, on Friday 3 April at 12pm GMT.

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