The Week in Justice 7 July 2019

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Another busy week in criminal justice.

The MoJ announced that the UK's first secure school will be managed by the Oasis Academy Trust which has a strong Christian ethos.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons issued a rather controversial inspection report on HMP Brixton commending its progress on tackling drugs and condoning a ban on temporary release as one of the ways to achieve this.

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


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

UK’s first secure school to be run by academy trust
theguardian.com

UK’s first secure school to be run by academy trust

Oasis, which specialises in schools in deprived areas, to manage Medway facility.

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HMP Brixton – commendable success in reducing drugs and violence
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMP Brixton – commendable success in reducing drugs and violence

Inspectors controversially support “bold” decision to stop release on temporary licence to reduce amount of drugs smuggled in.

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Welsh private probation performing poorly
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Welsh private probation performing poorly

Wales CRC is unsurprisingly struggling since its previous owner went into administration and is rated by inspectors as "requiring improvement"

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Probation inspection guidance
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Probation inspection guidance

Updated this week to incorporate feedback from consultation and learnings from the first year of new system.

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Pre-court diversion for adults
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Pre-court diversion for adults

The Centre for Justice Innovation finds strong evidence internationally that pre-court adult diversion reduces reoffending.

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People in supported housing often victims of crime
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People in supported housing often victims of crime

Revolving Doors Agency peer research on how homeless people are often the victims of crime - even when no longer sleeping rough.

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Police face calls to end use of facial recognition software
theguardian.com

Police face calls to end use of facial recognition software

Analysts find system often wrongly identifies people and could breach human rights law

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Children as young as seven 'being enslaved by UK drug gangs'
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Children as young as seven 'being enslaved by UK drug gangs'

Scale of exploitation and lack of help for victims of ‘county lines’ dealers shown in report

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Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years
theguardian.com

Met police flag up 700 welfare and abuse cases a day over five years

Exclusive: FoI request reveals litany of alleged crimes including child exploitation

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Number of homeless women sent to prison doubles since 2015
theguardian.com

Number of homeless women sent to prison doubles since 2015

Labour says ‘shocking’ figures show need to tackle causes such as poverty and mental illness

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Man died of heatstroke in London court cell after 'serious failings'
theguardian.com

Man died of heatstroke in London court cell after 'serious failings'

Watchdog raises concerns over 2017 death of Rafal Sochacki on one of hottest days in years

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Inside the 21st-century British criminal underworld
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Inside the 21st-century British criminal underworld

The long read: There are almost 5,000 criminal gangs in the UK. But the old family firms are gone – today’s big players are multinational, diversified and tech-savvy

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Outstanding prison and probation officers recognised
gov.uk

Outstanding prison and probation officers recognised

Prison and probation officers commended for their outstanding work in annual award ceremonies.

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Impact assessment of Intervention Hub
digitalintervention.co.uk

Impact assessment of Intervention Hub

Range of computer assisted cognitive behavioural programmes designed to reduce reoffending

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Why this mustn’t be the end of the line for Circles
circles-uk.org.uk

Why this mustn’t be the end of the line for Circles

What the recent Sky News Documentary revealed and why it matters

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Ban on terrorist books in prison lifted in Northern Ireland
theguardian.com

Ban on terrorist books in prison lifted in Northern Ireland

Change of policy ordered after review by prison service deemed ban ‘not proportionate’

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Director of Operations
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Director of Operations

£60k Closing date 15 July

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Engagement Team Leaders
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Engagement Team Leaders

Current vacancies across London, South-East & South West

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