This was the week that Liz Truss re-structured the MoJ; replacing the National Offender Management Service with Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service (from 1 April).
Opinion differed as to whether this is the first step towards proper devolution or a political rebadging exercise. As usual, probation got barely a mention. Full report and analysis below.
We also saw the launch of prison reform catalyst New Futures Network and should know more about the next stage of prison reform after Liz Truss' speech on Monday 13th.
Just click on any of the week's main headlines below to learn more.
MoJ press release with broad details of new HMPPS replacing NOMS.
Get involved in new inclusive network aiming to be a catalyst for prison reform on the ground.
My summary of key details of MoJ re-structure.
The number of women recalled to custody has increased by 68% since the end of 2014.
Insightful analysis from experienced criminal justice expert Rob Allen
Justice Data Lab finds City & Guilds reduces reoffending by 2 percentage points.
CCJS' Rebecca Roberts on the problems with Titan prisons like new HMP Berwyn
Dissatisfied with pay and concerned about their safety - Judicial Attitudes Survey.
Usual high quality report from Police Foundation looks at the impact of austerity.
Asks key questions for the direction of probation work with veterans.
Prisoners at HMP Full Sutton are on a new degree-level programme, alongside Leeds Beckett Criminology students.
Even some local prisons are able to make headway in current circumstances.
Tragedy inside prison walls ripples out far beyond them to create vicious cycles of damage and despair.
Liz Truss also considering curbs on references to sexual histories of rape complainants at trial.
High levels of drugs & violence, training prison with restricted regime for last 2 years.
Reporter was working undercover as prison officer. Monday 13 Feb @ 8.30
For every 100 white women sent to custody in 2014, 227 black women were imprisoned.
Invitation to tender for External evaluation for Women in Prison’s “Health Matters” project. Deadline 7 March
Off topic, but an inspiration: Bijlmerbajes is now a community space for refugees.