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CJA Awards Shortlists Announced

The Criminal Justice Alliance Awards shine a light on individuals and organisations who have made a ‘marked contribution to effectiveness, fairness or new models of delivery’. The Awards, generously supported for the fourth year by The Hadley Trust, will give prizes of £4,000 and £2,000 to organisations and £1,000 to an individual who have contributed materially to improving outcomes and demonstrating impact. An award will also be given for outstanding journalism which has made a notable contribution to a better understanding of criminal justice.   Please see the full shortlists here.

Shadow Justice Secretary addresses CJA members

Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, delivered a speech at the last CJA Members Meeting setting out the Labour Party's current priorities on criminal justice. A copy of his speech is available here.

How to start reducing the prison population

Today we have published a briefing setting out eight pragmatic and incremental ways the government could begin to reduce the prison population without impacting public safety. We estimate that these measures could reduce the population by 12,000 places over the lifetime of this parliament. This would reduce the pressure on the system, making it safer and freeing up to £900 million which could instead be spent on diverting people from the criminal justice system in the first place and providing effective rehabilitation services to prevent re-offending. We propose the government focus on eight areas: recalls, remand, indeterminate sentences (IPP), sentence creep, short sentences, people experiencing mental health problems, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people. The full briefing can be read here and a blog from our Director Nina Champion on this can be read here.

Prisons Minister addresses CJA Members

Rory Stewart MP, Minister for Prisons, delivered a speech at the CJA Members Meeting on 26 April, stating his concerns with the high levels of violence and drug use occurring in prisons across the country. A summary is available here.
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New female offender strategy launched

The Ministry of Justice has published its Female Offender Strategy, announcing pilots for five residential women's centres and a greater focus on innovative community provisions. The full strategy can be read here.

New employment strategy in prisons announced

Justice Secretary David Gauke today announced a new policy intervention aimed at putting offenders  on the path to employment from the day they enter prison. The Education and Employment strategy sets out new measures to boost prisoners’ skills while in custody and improve their chances of securing work on release. In this strategy, education and training, work in custody, and the availability of employment opportunities in the community are highlighted as the key areas of focus in achieving this. Further information on the new strategy can be found here.

Inspection highlights failures of probation reforms

On 17 April, HMI Probation published a thematic report on Probation Supply Chains. Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, found that probation reforms have failed to deliver the aim of ensuring that voluntary and third sector organisations play a central role in providing specialist support to offenders. The full report can be viewed here.

Parole Board Chair Nick Hardwick resigns following Worboys decision

On 28 March, Nick Hardwick - Chair of Parole Board - resigned after Justice Secretary David Gauke told him his position was 'untenable' following the court overturning the Parole Board's decision to release John Worboys. A copy of his letter of resignation can be found here.
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