Week in Justice 13 May 2018

Two major issues were under the spotlight in criminal justice this week. Firstly, the latest Clinks report on voluntary sector involvement in work with offenders on probation found persistent structural problems with the design of Transforming Rehabilitation resulting in the very organisations the probation system relies on being shut out and left in economically unsustainable positions.

The second area of focus was on the under-funding of the court system. The National Audit Office found that the court modernisation programme is behind schedule and is already being scaled down while legal aid cuts have led to a rise in the number of unrepresented defendants and barristers refusing to take cases.

On a brighter note, Feltham A received a positive report from prison inspectors.

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