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Interview: Youth offenders 'need housing and advocacy'

In an exclusive interview, Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell told Working with Offenders that politicians pledging to toughen prison sentencing would need to put more money into the over-stretched teams working with youths who have yet to become hardened criminals. Mr Russell said: “If you’re going to make sentencing… In an interview with Work with Offenders the Chief Inspector of Probation has warned that teams working with young offenders need more resources to tackle issues like homelessness and county lines gangs....

Facts and figures: what’s going on in our justice system?

Trends in criminal justice The prison population has remained relatively static over the last 12 months with the longer term trend showing fewer prisoners serving sentences of four years or less and a growth in those serving longer sentences. The population is also inflated by a big jump in the… The Ministry of Justice has published no fewer than seven bulletins including information on prison safety, offender management, prison performance and serious further offences. We’ve been digging through them on your behalf and here are some of the more concerning or interesting trends....

Most women leave Europe’s largest women’s prison homeless

In their 2018-19 annual report published today, independent monitors at Bronzefield prison find that prisoners are treated fairly and with respect and that the quality of relationships between staff and the prisoners is high. The Board has particularly welcomed  the introduction of the key worker scheme and the development of… Work with offenders examines today’s report from the Independent Monitoring Board into HMP/YOI Bronzefield...

Mobile phones in prison

Yesterday, the Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced a new digital forensics unit and expanded digital investigations team designed to “crack down” on the criminal activity which takes place in our prisons via smuggled mobile phones. Ms Fraser promised a state-of-the-art lab equipped with “cutting-edge technology” to analyse the growing number… Work with Offenders explores why there are so many mobile phones in prison and what the government is doing about it...