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Prison

Does Michael Gove want his job back?

Former Justice Secretary Michael Gove recommends the release of all IPP prisoners in this year’s Longford lecture. But why wait till he was a backbencher?

Infographics

The battle for prison reform – so far

A timeline of the main events in the battle for prison reform. A clickable resource including background information on main policy documents, speeches etc.

Criminal Justice

The evidence on problem-solving courts

New review from the Centre for Justice Innovation finds that many (but not all) models of problem-solving courts are effective. But what will Liz Truss do?

Prison

The latest on prison reforms

Summary of Michael Gove’s appearance before the House of Commons Justice Committee setting out his plans for penal reform.

Criminal Justice

Secure schools to replace youth custody?

In order that education is truly placed at the heart of youth custody, we must reconceive youth prisons as schools. The review’s ambition is for smaller custodial establishments which are created as secure schools…

Prison

Comparing the costs of public and private prisons

Once Michael Gove publishes more details of the nine new prisons he intends to build and we know for sure that they will be PFI, we can start testing out the Chancellor’s claim that the prison estate will be £80 million a year cheaper to run.

On Probation

Gove recommends outsiders as chief prison/probation inspectors

While there are clear advantages to inspectors having an outsider’s view and a fresh perspective on the service they are responsible for, they are also vulnerable to accusations of not understanding the context in which they are working.

Prison

Is building nine new prisons good news?

Our history shows that when new prisons are built, they are too frequently filled with more prisoners while old prisons are not decommissioned at all.

Prison

Our prisons are getting more dangerous

This litany of figures hides of course the distress and tragedy behind all these individual incidents for both prisoners and staff. For just as self-harm incidents have increased by over one fifth, serious assaults on staff are up by over two fifths.

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Criminal Justice

Details of Youth Justice review

The review has been met with some scepticism among seasoned justice commentators such as Rob Allen who are surprised at the exclusions and wonder if the review is an excuse to finally go through with the abolition of the Youth Justice Board. The next few months will be a good test of Mr Gove’s pledge to build a new justice system based on the evidence.

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