The Week in Justice - 12 Feb 2017

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.

Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service

Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service

gov.uk

MoJ press release with broad details of new HMPPS replacing NOMS.

The New Futures Network

The New Futures Network

russellwebster.com

Get involved in new inclusive network aiming to be a catalyst for prison reform on the ground.

Introducing: Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

Introducing: Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service

russellwebster.com

My summary of key details of MoJ re-structure.

Probation reforms could mean more women in prison.

Probation reforms could mean more women in prison.

prisonreformtrust.org.uk

The number of women recalled to custody has increased by 68% since the end of 2014.

NOMS to HMPPS: Rebadging or Real Reform ?

NOMS to HMPPS: Rebadging or Real Reform ?

reformingprisons.blogspot.co.u

Insightful analysis from experienced criminal justice expert Rob Allen

The proof that prison education really does pay

The proof that prison education really does pay

fenews.co.uk

Justice Data Lab finds City & Guilds reduces reoffending by 2 percentage points.

Mega-prisons won't fix a broken society

Mega-prisons won't fix a broken society

opendemocracy.net

CCJS' Rebecca Roberts on the problems with Titan prisons like new HMP Berwyn

Judges not content with their lot

Judges not content with their lot

lawgazette.co.uk

Dissatisfied with pay and concerned about their safety - Judicial Attitudes Survey.

The real value of neighbourhood policing

The real value of neighbourhood policing

police-foundation.org.uk

Usual high quality report from Police Foundation looks at the impact of austerity.

Probation and Armed Forces Veterans

Probation and Armed Forces Veterans

probation-institute.org

Asks key questions for the direction of probation work with veterans.

Learning Together in prison

Learning Together in prison

mediacentre.leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Prisoners at HMP Full Sutton are on a new degree-level programme, alongside Leeds Beckett Criminology students.

HMP/YOI Norwich – a well-led prison still improving

HMP/YOI Norwich – a well-led prison still improving

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Even some local prisons are able to make headway in current circumstances.

Why prison suicides matter

Why prison suicides matter

crickcentre.org

Tragedy inside prison walls ripples out far beyond them to create vicious cycles of damage and despair.

Violent abusers to be prevented from cross-examining ex-partners in court

Violent abusers to be prevented from cross-examining ex-partners in court

theguardian.com

Liz Truss also considering curbs on references to sexual histories of rape complainants at trial.

HMP Channings Wood – a prison in decline

HMP Channings Wood – a prison in decline

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

High levels of drugs & violence, training prison with restricted regime for last 2 years.

Behind Bars: Prison Undercover

Behind Bars: Prison Undercover

bbc.co.uk

Reporter was working undercover as prison officer. Monday 13 Feb @ 8.30

Why are twice as many Black Women imprisoned for drug crimes?

Why are twice as many Black Women imprisoned for drug crimes?

vice.com

For every 100 white women sent to custody in 2014, 227 black women were imprisoned.

Evaluation of Women In Prison Health Matters

Evaluation of Women In Prison Health Matters

russellwebster.com

Invitation to tender for External evaluation for Women in Prison’s “Health Matters” project. Deadline 7 March

How Amsterdam Transformed One Of Its Most Infamous Prisons

How Amsterdam Transformed One Of Its Most Infamous Prisons

fastcompany.com

Off topic, but an inspiration: Bijlmerbajes is now a community space for refugees.