Are we entering a period of justice reform?
Over the last parliament the pace of change in Criminal Justice Policy became even more rapid than usual. Since the appointment of Michael Gove as Justice Secretary, it appears that the direction of policy might be changing too.
The last government:
- Privatised the probation service under the Transforming Rehabilitation initiative.
- Substantially cut the Legal Aid budget.
- Closed over 100 courts.
- Introduced a number of measures to make prison conditions more austere.
Since his appointment, Michael Gove:
- Has cancelled the building of a secure college for young offenders.
- Announced the probable closure of another 91 courts.
- Made a commitment to improve prison conditions and place a new priority on educating prisoners.
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