There is a malaise at the heart of the criminal justice system, Richard Garside writes. It's harsher, more punitive and more dehumanising than ever.
UK Justice Policy Review
Richard Garside argues that while there are many families in real crisis, the Troubled Families programme will do little to address this.
The Independent Police Commission proposals to replace Police and Crime Commissioners with greater local authority oversight deserves support, Richard Garside argues.
Richard Garside reviews the latest National Audit Office report on the electronic monitoring contracts.
The Bar Council, the professional association for barristers in England and Wales, has challenged the Justice Secretary's claims on the costs of legal aid.
During a recent appearance before the House of Commons Justice Committee Chris Graying, the Justice Secretary, claimed that the 'typical payment' to a senior barrister for a high cost case would be 'around £135,000'.
Chair of the Bar Council Maura McGowan has challenged Mr Grayling's figures, claiming the real amount is around £20,000.
A study by the Chartered Institute of Housing of the implementation of the benefit cap has found that it is neither saving money nor getting benefits recipients into employment, according to a report in The Guardian. The research, conducted in the London Borough of Haringey, found that the policy had cut £60,000 a week from the benefits bill. However, the council was spending £55,000 a week on short-term discretionary grants to help claimants affected by the policy.
Department for Work and Pensions beset by ‘weak management and poor governance’ according to the Government's own auditors, while benefits programme attacked as ‘titanic IT disaster’ by opposition reports The Independent
The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said proposals to award legal aid contracts to the lowest bidders have been scrapped. This follows criticisms that it would reduce justice to a "factory mentality".
Mr Grayling has ditched the proposals after drawing up the government's latest legal aid reforms with the support of the Law Society.