The Week in Justice 5 April 2020

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The main focus this week has been pressure on the government to release prisoners to protect them (and society) from COVID-19. The MoJ released (some) pregnant prisoners and those in mother and baby units earlier in the week and announced on Saturday that up to 4,000 low risk prisoners in the last two months of their sentence would be released.

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

My sincere best wishes to all readers to keep well and stay safe through the pandemic.


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

Measures announced to protect NHS from coronavirus risk in prisons
gov.uk

Measures announced to protect NHS from coronavirus risk in prisons

Risk-assessed prisoners who are within two months of their release date will be temporarily released from jail.

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Coronavirus: Q&A for friends and family of prisoners
gov.uk

Coronavirus: Q&A for friends and family of prisoners

Answers to some frequently-asked questions about what coronavirus means for prison regimes.

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Two workers at London's Pentonville prison die from Covid-19
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Two workers at London's Pentonville prison die from Covid-19

Prison Officers’ Association chairman calls the two deaths in one prison ‘very concerning’

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The need for immediate further release of prisoners
prisonreformtrust.org.uk

The need for immediate further release of prisoners

PRT & Howard League make the case in detail

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Save lives - prevent the use of short prison sentences
revolving-doors.org.uk

Save lives - prevent the use of short prison sentences

Coalition of justice influencers calls for sentencing change to combat COVID-19.

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Coronavirus spread at Rikers is a 'public health disaster', says jail's top doctor
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Coronavirus spread at Rikers is a 'public health disaster', says jail's top doctor

Cases of Covid-19 at the New York jail complex have soared in days as doctor says it’s ‘unlikely’ they will be able to stop growth

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Pregnant prisoners to be temporarily released from custody
gov.uk

Pregnant prisoners to be temporarily released from custody

Pregnant women in custody who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public will be temporarily released from prison.

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UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19
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UK prisoners with flu symptoms forced to share cells with those with Covid-19

Fears inmates with coughs and respiratory problems face risk of contracting coronavirus

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Lemons.
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Lemons.

The best prison blogger on the inescapable and desperate realities of coronavirus in prison.

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How Covid-19 is impacting arts in criminal justice...
artsincriminaljustice.org.uk

How Covid-19 is impacting arts in criminal justice...

... and what the NCJAA is doing to help.

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 Covid-19, the UK’s Coronavirus Act and emergency ‘remote’ court hearings.
thejusticegap.com

Covid-19, the UK’s Coronavirus Act and emergency ‘remote’ court hearings.

what does it mean for open justice?

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NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic
theguardian.com

NCA predicts rise in online child sexual abuse during coronavirus pandemic

National Crime Agency says offenders are discussing opportunities on chat forums to abuse children during crisis

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Children’s experience of domestic abuse and criminality
russellwebster.com

Children’s experience of domestic abuse and criminality

Victims' Commissioner explores the overlap between children’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending behaviour.

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For people with an abusive partner, lockdown means captivity
theguardian.com

For people with an abusive partner, lockdown means captivity

Social isolation from coronavirus is fuelling a rise in domestic abuse cases - and leading charities to shift their support online.

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Durham Tees Valley CRC improves performance
russellwebster.com

Durham Tees Valley CRC improves performance

Probation inspectors find Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company has improved performance and upgrade their rating to "good".

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UK police guidelines to clarify lockdown powers following criticism
theguardian.com

UK police guidelines to clarify lockdown powers following criticism

Exclusive: policing chiefs seek to set out legal powers forces have in coronavirus lockdown

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The pros and cons of probation community hubs
russellwebster.com

The pros and cons of probation community hubs

HMI Probation explores the role of community hubs in helping to deliver probation services and support desistance.

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Interview: Campbell Robb, Nacro chief executive
cypnow.co.uk

Interview: Campbell Robb, Nacro chief executive

Derren Hayes speaks to the Nacro chief executive about reducing youth crime.

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