MoJ announces preferred bidders for Transforming Rehabilitation

The Ministry of Justice has announced its preferred bidders for Transforming Rehabilitation (TR), including sixteen charities and voluntary groups, four probation staff mutuals and seven private companies. Sodexo Justice Services in partnership with Nacro will be the preferred bidder for: Northumbria Cumbria and Lancashire South Yorkshire Bedfordshire, Northants, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Norfolk & Suffolk Essex […]

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Call for education on brain injuries of offenders

Experts have called for increased awareness in the criminal justice system of how brain injuries are linked to offending. The British Psychological Society says the “hidden” nature of brain injuries and neurodisabilities means many offenders experience discriminatory treatment when entering the system. MSPs at the Scottish Parliament’s Holyrood Justice Committee took evidence from a panel […]

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New research addresses worrying gap in knowledge about resettlement of girls and young women

Beyond Youth Custody’s research report, “Resettlement of girls and young women”, addresses a worrying gap in the knowledge about the effective resettlement of girls and young women. Reviewing research literature in a number of relevant areas, it cross-references evidence of what works in the resettlement of young people with what we know about the wider […]

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Another YOI slammed by prison Inspectorate

Prison inspectors have today reported major concerns with HMYOI Glen Parva in Leicestershire, with Nick Hardwick (Chief Inspector) noting that “This is a model of custody that does not work”. He states in the foreword to the report that this is “one of a sequence of reports (Aylesbury, Brinsford, Feltham and Isis) which my inspectorate has […]

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Working with young adults in supporting processes of desistance

Pete Judd, Probation Service Officer, for the National Probation Service Court and Offender Management Team, Portsmouth recently completed his work based learning project as part of the probation qualification framework. The project was based on his experiences as an offender manager (OM), working with two young adult offenders (YAOs) (aged 18-24) in supporting the process […]

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Official figures reveal rising violence in prisons in England and Wales

A rising tide of violence inside prisons across England and Wales has been revealed by official figures showing serious assaults soaring by 30%, three murders in the past 12 months and a 69% rise in suicides to the highest level for nine years. According to Ministry of Justice figures, the number of self-inflicted deaths in […]

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The Howard League for Penal Reform’s submission to the Independent Review into Self-Inflicted Deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds

The Howard League for Penal Reform welcomes the opportunity to engage in Lord Harris’ review. The review is a unique opportunity for expert scrutiny of systemic failings in the penal system that have culminated in the tragic deaths of so many young adults in custody. This inquiry is the only opportunity to examine the wider context […]

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Prison Reform Trust response to young adults, self-inflicted deaths in NOMS custody

The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective prison system. We do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform. The Prison Reform Trust’s main objectives are: • […]

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Will every young person in care get the chance to Stay Put?

A requirement for local funding authorities to support young people living with their foster carer until the age of 21 requires adequate funding to make it a success. Amanda Cumberland, from TACT, wrote about the new Staying Put duty in the Guardian. The Staying Put duty is a requirement for local authorities to support arrangements where young people continue to […]

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