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Youth Justice Board

Charlie Taylor has been appointed the new Chair of the Youth Justice Board. The Government is creating a new Youth Custody Service as a distinct arm of HM Prison and Probation Service, which will have operational responsibility for the day-to-day running of the youth estate. Responsibility and accountability for commissioning youth custody services will pass from the YJB to the Ministry of Justice.

Ian Bickers addresses CJA members

Transcript of Ian Bicker’s speech to CJA members about the changes made, successes achieved and lessons learned at HMP Wandsworth since it became a reform prison.
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Restorative Justice Action Plan

The Government published its Restorative Justice Action Plan for November 2016 - March 2018. The vision is for victims to have equal access irrespective of their location, the age of the offender or the offence committed against them. A progress report setting out key achievements against the previous Action Plan was also released.

Prisons and Courts Bill

Liz Truss has unveiled the Prisons and Courts Bill. It sets in law that a key purpose of prisons is to reform offenders. Governors will take control of budgets for education, employment and health and they will be held to account for getting people off drugs, into jobs and learning English and maths. In a statement to Parliament the Justice Secretary stated that new three year performance agreements will be signed by each governor, the first on 1 April 2017, with the other two thirds moving to this approach by 1 April 2019.

Safety in Custody Statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published Safety in Custody statistics showing a record high of 119 self-inflicted deaths last year, up 29, 12 of which were female. The rate of self-inflicted deaths in prison has doubled since 2012. The likelihood is 8.6 times higher than in the general population.
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