An interesting week in criminal justice. The Public Accounts Committee published an extremely critical report of the Transforming Rehabilitation probation reforms with a list of demands for the MoJ to rectify. This cranked up the rumour mill with stories of early re-tendering and radically revised contracts for private probation companies doing the rounds.
On the prison front, two diametrically opposed inspection reports were published: HMP Leeds is extremely overcrowded and violent, HMP Altcourse is performing much better than other locals.
The prison inspectors also published an interested critique of young offender behaviour management models, saying they focused too much on sanctions and not enough on encouraging & rewarding good behaviour.
As always, click on the tile to read the full story.
Urgent need for improvement
No improvement since last critical inspection
Much better than most locals
Rewards more effective than sanctions
Caitlin Davies’s history of HMP Holloway
Prison Rugby scheme
@BarristerSecret's much awaited book
Law Society study
Esther Rumble on registered intermediaries
Trivial behaviour with life-long consequences
"Officers deserve protection"
Gavin Haynes on digitisation & more
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