The Week in Justice 9 February 2020

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The big story this week was how the Government intends to respond to the terrorist attacks at Fishmongers' Hall and Streatham by restricting the early release of those convicted of terrorist offences.

In other news, the National Audit Office published a damning report on the state of our prisons with the backlog of repairs currently running at just under £1 billion.

On the brighter side of life, prison inspectors published reports on two effective prisons.

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


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

Reoffending rates are falling
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Reoffending rates are falling

MoJ stats for the year to March 2018 reveal that adult and juvenile reoffending rates are falling.

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The State of Youth Justice 2020
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The State of Youth Justice 2020

Youth Justice Statistics for 2018/19 show that the number of first time entrants to the youth justice system fell by 18% last year.

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Prisons “not safe, secure & decent”
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Prisons “not safe, secure & decent”

National Audit Office very critical of prison maintenance.

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HMP YOI Standford Hill – fulfilling its purpose as a resettlement prison
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HMP YOI Standford Hill – fulfilling its purpose as a resettlement prison

HMP Standford Hill has maintained its high standards of treatment and conditions.

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HMP Rye Hill – effective in its role of managing high-risk sex offenders
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HMP Rye Hill – effective in its role of managing high-risk sex offenders

HMP Rye Hill, a modern training prison holding sex offenders, was found by inspectors to have remained an effective prison.

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New prison officer apprenticeship scheme
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New prison officer apprenticeship scheme

From January 2020, anyone training to become a prison officer will work towards a level 3 Custody and Detention Professional Apprenticeship.

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Fewer people in prison drug & alcohol treatment
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Fewer people in prison drug & alcohol treatment

The number of prisoners getting drug & alcohol treatment has fallen 12% in the last three years.

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A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins review – how to survive in prison
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A Bit of a Stretch by Chris Atkins review – how to survive in prison

An acclaimed documentary film-maker was given a five-year sentence for tax fraud. He details his time behind bars in a shocking, scathing, entertaining account

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2019’s top ten distance prison learning courses revealed
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2019’s top ten distance prison learning courses revealed

In 2019 we helped people in prison start just over 1,700 courses. Here are the ten most popular choices.

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Everything you need to know about non-custodial sentences
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Everything you need to know about non-custodial sentences

Parliamentary briefing on the policy consideration of non-custodial sentences.

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Government response to the Streatham incident
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Government response to the Streatham incident

The Lord Chancellor gave an update in the House of Commons about the Government response to the Streatham incident.

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PM says terrorism sentence changes may be applied retrospectively
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PM says terrorism sentence changes may be applied retrospectively

After Streatham attack, Boris Johnson says those already in jail may lose early release option

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Terror cells: how Britain’s prisons became finishing schools for extremists
spectator.co.uk

Terror cells: how Britain’s prisons became finishing schools for extremists

Ian Acheson: "It's not just the quantity of custody that needs urgent reform..."

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​Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu on Streatham incident:
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​Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu on Streatham incident:

We need families, friends, colleagues and local communities to recognise that early intervention is not ruining someone’s life but saving it, and potentially that of others, too.

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Priti Patel plans to scrap 2017 bail reforms
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Priti Patel plans to scrap 2017 bail reforms

Possible u-turn following pressure from women’s groups over concerns that suspects were being released without restrictions.

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Unseen evil: Sex abuse in families going under the radar
gov.uk

Unseen evil: Sex abuse in families going under the radar

Ofsted-led inspection of ‘the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment’

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Invitation to tender outcomes evaluation
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Invitation to tender outcomes evaluation

CJI is inviting tenders for a full outcomes evaluation of the CASS+ Community Advice Service

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