In a wide-ranging speech earlier this week, the Justice Minister for Northern Ireland, David Ford MLA, argued that many of the problems faced by those in the prison system – mental health, educational difficulties and addiction issues – 'are not criminal justice issues... they are matters of social justice'.
David Ford discusses the innovations and advances since 2010
The focus on criminal justice since 2010, coincides with the creation of the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland in April of that year. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to outline our understanding of the devolution era, to make the case for our different justice systems, and for the sharing of innovations. In short, I want to make the case for a greater understanding of the benefits which devolved justice has to offer. First, three broader contextual points.
This edition is slightly different. It is based around the conference we held in March 2015 – Criminal justice since 2010: What happened? What next? We were extremely fortunate to have a number of key players in UK criminal justice policy speaking at the conference. They included David Ford MLA, the Northern Ireland Justice Minister; Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Justice Secretary between 2007 and 2014; and Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd, a member of the House of Commons Justice Committee between 2010 and 2015.