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Divert and Panorama top CJA Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year's CJA Awards. A full list of the winners can be found here and further details of their work, and the work of shortlisted and longlisted organisations and individuals can be found in What Good Looks Like.

PGA President Andrea Albutt speaks at CJA Members Meeting

Andrea Albutt, President of the Prison Governors Association, spoke at the last CJA Members Meeting about the historical and current challenges facing the prison service and what can be done to improve treatment and outcomes for prisoners and staff. A full transcript of her speech is available here.
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Secretary of State responds to first Urgent Notification issued for HMP Nottingham

On 17 January 2018, Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, issued the first Urgent Notification after an inspection of HMP Nottingham, requiring the Secretary of State for Justice to take public responsibility for improvements in a jail found to have serious and significant problems. Mr Clarke wrote to David Gauke demanding intervention to save lives and protect fearful prisoners in the “fundamentally unsafe” HMP Nottingham. David Gauke today has responded to the Urgent Notification, setting out immediate actions to be taken to address the most serious and urgent issues. A copy of this letter and the action plan can be found here.      

Government’s response to Lammy Review

The Government has today responded to the review of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people’s treatment and outcomes in the criminal justice system, outlining the actions it has taken or will take in relation to each recommendation. As a key principle from the review, the Government has adopted “explain or change” as an approach to identify and objectively assess disparities, and then decide whether and how changes need to be applied. The response is available here and a copy of the Lammy Review, published in Sept 2017, is available here.
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