This week we published our latest report on the coronavirus crisis in prisons.
Some 60 per cent of those imprisoned each year in England and Wales serve sentences of under one year.
Earlier this week, the Victims' Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC decried the “catastrophic” decline in prosecutions for rape.
“Mum phones every day. I cannot explain how it makes me feel. It makes me feel sad and confused”.
Last weekend's reannouncement of plans to waste £2.5 billion building four new prisons brings home just how deeply entrenched prisons are as social institutions.
At our final webinar on socially-distanced justice last week, Adam Elliott-Cooper of The Monitoring Group and the University of Greenwich spoke about the demands being made by the black lives matter protestors.
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis we have been tracking its impact on the criminal justice system.
Great Britain is on course for a massive expansion in prison capacity, according to a new assessment from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, out today.
"Since 1999, there have been at least double the number of black deaths in police custody than ever before."
The government and Prison Service in England and Wales think that they have a good story to tell on coronavirus in prisons.
The distressing news yesterday that five prisoners killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales over six days is a reminder, if such is needed, of prison's dreadful toll of misery and despair.