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‘A journey of learning, growth and change’

The CJA has launched its latest briefing on Restorative Justice - 'A journey of learning, growth and change'. The briefing provides a succinct account of the current landscape for Restorative Justice and restorative practices in England and Wales. It is based on a survey sent to all police forces across the country and follow-up interviews. In her foreword to the report Baroness Newlove, the Victims' Commissioner, writes: 'Under the Victims Code, all victims should be informed how to take part in RJ, but sadly only 7.5% say they recall being offered the option. In effect, this means that the remainder have the decision made for them. This is not good enough. I want all victims to be empowered to make an informed decision on whether to seek RJ. And for those who do, they should find a service of the highest quality, treating them with sensitivity and care. I therefore welcome this report from the Criminal Justice Alliance, highlighting the benefits of RJ and how to deliver a service that is truly transformational for a victim’s recovery.' Dame Vera Baird, PCC for Northumbria and the APCC's national lead for victims, writes: 'Police and Crime Commissioners are committed to a vision of RJ for victims at all stages of the Criminal Justice System. This report gives examples of good practice, including my force area, Northumbria. It also sets a challenge to the whole RJ field to ensure that the delivery of RJ is strengthened further. I look forward to the CJA sharing this report with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, so PCCs can bring about further improvements in this area.'

Chair of Met BPA addresses CJA members

Janet Hills, Chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, addressed CJA members at the latest Members Meeting on the topic of policing, diversity and scrutiny. A transcript of her speech and Q&As is available here.

New briefing: Stop and Scrutinise

The CJA's latest briefing 'CJA Stop and Scrutinise 2019' sets out key principles and recommendations for good practice in community scrutiny of stop and search. The briefing is the result of a survey sent to all police forces in England and Wales and interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including police representatives, academics and community scrutiny experts.

New CJA Strategy Launched

The CJA has launched its new strategy 'CJA Strategy Summary 2019', which sets out a bold vision to harness and share our members' expertise in order to tackle some fundamental, systemic issues with relevance across the criminal justice pathway.
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Probation services to be returned to the public sector

The Ministry of Justice announced that responsibility for offender management will be returned to the public sector. From Spring 2021, the National Probation Service will manage 11 probation regions across England and Wales. Each NPS region will have a private or voluntary sector 'Innovation Partner' who will be responsible for providing unpaid work and accredited programmes - up to £280m will be made available each year for this work. However, the core functions of supervision and management will be carried out by the NPS. The Ministry of Justice published these proposals in its response to its consultation on the future of probation services. Specific proposals include: Dynamic framework to award contracts for resettlement and rehabilitation programmes, similar to the DPS in place for prison education. A statutory professional regulatory framework across the probation system with continual professional development standards and a practise and ethical framework. An emphasis on equalities in both training and the continuous professional development offer, and a focus on improving workforce diversity and progression for under-represented groups.

NAO expresses concern about probation reforms

The National Audit Office published its latest progress review of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms. The report concludes the Ministry of Justice 'set itself up to fail in how it approached the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms' and identifies of a litany of poor outcomes, including a lack of the much-promised innovation, a significant increase in the average number of reoffences committed by reoffenders and increased costs paid by the Ministry to CRCs to keep them afloat.
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