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Prison

Body worn video cameras in prison

Evaluation of prison officers’ use of body worn video cameras found they had a varying impact on the levels of recorded violence and use of force.

Digital Engagement

Police, Camera, Action!

Police all over the world are currently trialling wearable body cameras. Typically, cameras are worn on patrol and record high definition footage which is transmitted wirelessly to a central database. Currently, the video cameras are worn openly and are attached to uniforms, sunglasses or even hats. They have a number of possible benefits…

Criminal Justice

Who to vote for on criminal justice?

Crest Advisory helpfully provides a clear and detailed summary of the manifesto pledges on criminal justice from the three main political parties.

Innovation

App records stop and search securely

New app from Y-STOP enables people stopped by the police to record the interaction on their phone and submit information securely.

On Probation

10 things I learnt from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

The new Justice Secretary Michael Gove has made much of the need to have an ethical criminal justice system. One step hemight take would be to make the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s recommendations legally enforceable.

On Probation

The Leveson Review

“time and resources are frequently being wasted as a consequence of the practice of adjourning the sentencing hearing so that the Probation Service can prepare a presentence report (PSR) for cases that either do not require a PSR or when an oral report would suffice.”

Policing

Can we afford the police service we need?

One of the difficulties in getting a more efficient police force that spends a larger proportion of its funds on policing rather than administration is getting rid of an excessively bureaucratic culture. The Stevens report treads a fine line here as some its remedies, to my mind, seem to imply introducing a number of new systems which will struggle to streamline procurement and cut waste.

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