The Week in Justice 8 March 2020

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A significant week for probation with the MoJ publishing the draft Target Operating Model for the new system which returns all offender management to the National Probation Service.

In other news the Met Police will pilot new powers to tackle knife crime from next month and the Domestic Abuse Bill was reintroduced to parliament.

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


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

West Midlands CRC not protecting the public
russellwebster.com

West Midlands CRC not protecting the public

Probation inspectors find demoralised staff and very poor standards of casework.

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East Midlands CRC not protecting the public
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East Midlands CRC not protecting the public

Probation Inspectors concerned by the quality of DLNRCRC’s public protection work, particularly the weak attention to safeguarding.

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The latest on the probation reform programme
clinks.org

The latest on the probation reform programme

This blog outlines some of the new and welcome things included in the model as well as an overview of our ongoing concerns.

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Joseph McCann: review finds 'repeated failure' to recall offender to jail
theguardian.com

Joseph McCann: review finds 'repeated failure' to recall offender to jail

Authorities were warned of risk posed by serial rapist eight years before series of sexual assaults

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Representations of privatised probation
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Representations of privatised probation

How CRCs represent & market their work - Nicola Carr & Gwen Robinson

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HMYOI Parc inspection verdict
justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

HMYOI Parc inspection verdict

Has sustained its strong performance and offered much to learn for other young offender institutions (YOIs).

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Woman serving 'never-ending' jail term suffered 'sudden unexpected death'
theguardian.com

Woman serving 'never-ending' jail term suffered 'sudden unexpected death'

The tragic story of Charlotte Nokes who was serving an IPP

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Prisoners are missing out on hospital treatment
russellwebster.com

Prisoners are missing out on hospital treatment

Locked out?It is widely known that prisons in England are crowded and facing severe difficulties, but the health and health care use of the prisoners within has received little attention.

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Trends and drivers of homicide: Main findings
gov.uk

Trends and drivers of homicide: Main findings

Long-term trends and patterns in homicide and explanation of main drivers.

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The influence of drugs on murder rates is being overstated
policinginsight.com

The influence of drugs on murder rates is being overstated

Across the globe homicide rates are falling, whilst in the UK they continue to rise...

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Introduction of knife crime prevention orders
gov.uk

Introduction of knife crime prevention orders

From next month new powers to tackle knife crime will be piloted by the Metropolitan Police.

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Sentencing Code unveiled in Parliament
gov.uk

Sentencing Code unveiled in Parliament

Plans to simplify the country’s complex sentencing laws moves a step closer.

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The tragic human story behind our drug markets
russellwebster.com

The tragic human story behind our drug markets

Dame Carol Black's Review of Drugs is perhaps the most important drug-related publication of the 21st century.

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Enhanced Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament
gov.uk

Enhanced Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament

Domestic Abuse Bill to receive First Reading in the House of Commons.

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Listening to British Muslims: policing, extremism and Prevent
crestadvisory.com

Listening to British Muslims: policing, extremism and Prevent

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Healthy Foundations
womeninprison.org.uk

Healthy Foundations

Healthy Foundations is a three-year project to support women in the criminal justice system around their health.

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