Earlier today, Richard Garside, Helen Mills and special guests discussed criminal justice developments in October.
Richard and Helen were joined by Jo Phoenix of The Open University and Hannah Quirk of King's College London to discuss:
- The Casey Review of the Met Police, following the conviction of Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard
- The Independent Office for Police Conduct review of the investigation into the murder of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman
- The conviction of Penelope Jackson for the murder of her husband, David Jackson
- Recent reports from the Inspectorate of Prisons
- Self-harm in prisons
- The "A woman's place is not in prison" event in central London in late October
- The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
A video of the discussion will be available shortly.
Here is a list of the main publications, reports and organisations they discussed.
1. Casey Review of the Met Police
- Here's the page with the details of the government inquiry, announced by Priti Patel in early October.
- Here's the announcement of the Casey Review, set up by the Metropolitan Police.
- Helen mentioned an analysis of public inquiries by the Institute for Government. It's here.
2. Review of the investigation into the murder of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman
- The summary of the Independent Office for Police Conduct review is here.
- The letter from the Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
- The verdict of Mina Smallman, mother of Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman.
3. The conviction of Penelope Jackson
- Richard mentioned the Centre for Women's Justice report, Women who kill. You can find it here.
- Here is the Centre for Women's Justice response to Penelope Jackson's conviction.
4. Prison inspectorate reports
- You can download all the reports from the Prison Inspectorate from here.
Richard mentioned some of the organisations working to tackle the scandal of child imprisonment:
5. Self-harm in prisons
- Russell Webster's analysis of the latest figures.
- Hannah mentioned the comprehensive Bromley Briefings, produced by the Prison Reform Trust.
6. A woman's place is not in prison
- Richard mentioned the racist and misogynistic abuse directed at those attending the event by trans-activists. "The Woman in Coventry" Twitter account has posted video of some of it.
- Here's a written summary of the abuse, from the Woman's Place UK website.
- The videos of the talks given at the event last week can be found on the Woman's Place UK Youtube channel.
- Here is the article by Lindsay German, criticising attempts to intimidate women meeting to discuss single-sex services (about half way down the piece, sub-title: 'It has to stop').
Richard mentioned a number of organisations working in the area of women's imprisonment:
- FairPlay for Women
- Howard League for Penal Reform
- Keep Prisons Single Sex
- Prison Reform Trust
- Women in Prison