A sense of progress on prison reform and confidence in the current political leadership at Petty France was undermined again on Thursday when Prison Chief Inspector Peter Clarke issued his second "urgent notification" requiring the Justice Secretary to make rapid improvements to Exeter Prison where violence and easy access to drugs remained the norm despite a critical inspection 18 months ago and a substantial increase in staffing.
On a brighter note, there was a big step forward for Ban the Box campaigners with university applicants no longer required to disclose previous convictions.
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Prison Chief Inspector issues 2nd urgent notification
Violence still a problem but evidence of improved conditions
Rob Allen's analysis of the prison crisis
Let’s make work another | Eric Allison
Revolving Doors campaign picking up steam
Is the Government finally serious about prison reform?
Updated Corporate Plan 2018-2021
Mike Guilfoyle on CCJS
What have we learnt?
Gauke forced me to quit over Worboys
Published by Buzzfeed after FOI battle
24% suffer this despite government commitment
Systemic problems allow miscarriages of justice
Can AI lead to more accurate sentencing?
No need to declare criminal record when applying to uni
Employing ex-offenders in the construction industry