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Prison numbers expected to surge

Given the very difficult challenges to public finances in the wake of coronavirus (and Brexit), many people were surprised to hear Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that he was going to find £4 billion to spend on building new prisons (with 18,000 prison places) “by the mid-2020s”. It is clear that… Experts are predicting that increases in police numbers will start having an impact on prison numbers from this December. Work with Offenders examines the detail ...

More than half youth justice services sub-standard says inspectorate

HM Inspectorate of Probation today (24 November) published its annual report, Inspection of Youth Offending Services 2019-20 in which it concluded that improvements are required in more than half of the 16 youth offending services inspected this year. Inspectors found inconsistences in performance remain, with assessment of risk of harm… Work with Offenders examines the probation inspectorate’s annual report on youth offending services...

Coronavirus impact on probation and youth justice services

The challenge of coronavirus Probation and youth offending services have responded well to the COVID-19 pandemic but attention must now turn to tackling backlogs and longer-term problems. That is the verdict of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) in two separate reports published today. HMI Probation inspected the work… Work with Offenders looks at the conclusions of two new reports from the probation inspectorate...

What are witness intermediaries?

The Ministry of Justice has just updated its guidance on its Witness Intermediary Scheme. Most people haven’t heard of intermediaries, they are a hidden cog in the wheels of justice. A relatively new profession, intermediaries work with the police and courts as communication specialists to ensure adults with communication difficulties… Work with Offenders looks at the latest state of a critical service which is a hidden cog in the workings of the justice system...