Week in Justice 25 June 2017

This is the week when the brakes were applied to prison reform. Centre piece of last year's Queen's Speech, this year Her Majesty was required to admit that the Prisons and Courts Bill is no more and that legislation will only be brought forward on court modernisation.

Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, was one of many who was not impressed.

Indeed, inspectors were pretty unimpressed all week: resettlement work for those serving more than 12 months was assessed as having very little impact and the Ombudsman called for a formal prison service strategy for working with older prisoners (whose numbers have tripled in the last 15 years).

On the bright side, probation court work is now back on an even keel after the disruption of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. 

As always, click on the tile for the full story.

Court modernisation in Queen's Speech

Court modernisation in Queen's Speech

justiceinnovation.org

Safeguards are needed

An opportunity missed

An opportunity missed

twitter.com

Peter Clarke dismayed by dropping of prison reform bill

Prison Break

Prison Break

reformingprisons.blogspot.co.u

Why prison reform is off the agenda

Prison reform: open letter from the Justice Secretary - GOV.UK

Prison reform: open letter from the Justice Secretary - GOV.UK

gov.uk

Carrying on without legislation

Inspectors very critical about Through-The-Gate

Inspectors very critical about Through-The-Gate

russellwebster.com

TTG more about paperwork than resettlement

Probation resettlement "negligible impact"

Probation resettlement "negligible impact"

theguardian.com

Inspectors' report heightens anticipation of probation review

Probation court work much improved

Probation court work much improved

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Still concerns about links between NPS and CRCs

'Buried alive': the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons

'Buried alive': the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons

theguardian.com

Outstanding long read from Amelia Hill

Prison now care home & hospice

Prison now care home & hospice

ppo.gov.uk

Ombudsman report on tripling of older prisoners

4,000 women in prison

4,000 women in prison

prisonreformtrust.org.uk

Surprising surge in last year

Lincoln inspection report mixed

Lincoln inspection report mixed

justiceinspectorates.gov.uk

Struggling to hold prisoners safely and in decent conditions...

Privacy in prison

Privacy in prison

metro.co.uk

Sharing cells, open showers and masturbation...

Golf, Prison & Practice

Golf, Prison & Practice

refil.co.uk

Surviving your parole panel

My last night in prison?

My last night in prison?

bbc.co.uk

Good Woman's Hour feature

Lord Chancellor swearing-in speech

Lord Chancellor swearing-in speech

gov.uk

David Lidington ceremonials

Police and Tasers in London

Police and Tasers in London

news.met.police.uk

An additional 1,800 officers to be equipped in the Met

Allowing mums in jail to hug their children

Allowing mums in jail to hug their children

bbc.co.uk

Minnesota initiative via BBC (video)

Probation & Prison Officer Champions

Probation & Prison Officer Champions

gov.uk

MoJ reward best practice

Engagement Team Member – HMP Ranby

Engagement Team Member – HMP Ranby

russellwebster.com

Closing date 3 July.