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. 

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