The main event in justice this week was the Chief Prison Inspector's annual report which pulled no punches in saying that inspectors had regularly witnessed "some of the worst prison conditions ever seen". Sadly, once again violence, drugs, suicide and self‑harm, squalor and poor access to education are the report's prominent themes. This week's inspection report on Wandsworth confirmed many of these problems.
Justice Secretary David Gauke also made an important speech on prison reform at the Centre for Social Justice on Tuesday, promising £30m extra investment in maintenance, in-cell telephones and body scanners.
Also of interest to regular readers was the announcement that Labour has asked Lord Ramsbotham (himself a former Chief Inspector of Prisons), to undertake a review of probation.
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Chief Inspector's Annual Report
Critical inspection report
David Gauke's speech on Tuesday
To prevent violence & illicit mobiles
Impressive prison dealing with drugs and violence
Chaired by Lord Ramsbotham
Binge drinking a major predictor
Justice Data Lab now tracks employment outcomes as well
Civil Injunctions & Criminal Behaviour Orders
Social media use by prisoners triples
Steve Freer CEO Tempus Novo
City of London Corporation/MoJ video
Up-to-date facts & figures
Chair of Sentencing Council Justice Committee appearance
One day training course 17 August
20 days' work for ex-prisoner