Last week the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee held an evidence session on the benefit sanctions scheme. The government was urged to suspend the sanctions regime pending a review of its impact – especially on the mentally ill and disabled, reports The Guardian.
UK Justice Policy Review
The Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales, Tom Winsor, was yesterday reappointed for a further five year term, apparently without the post being advertised. The Home Secretary Theresa May said that 'Mr Winsor has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Inspectorate is able to successfully shine a light on policing outcomes and value for money'.
Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, took to Twitter today to announce that he wouldn't be reapplying for his job.
Nick Hardwick: Told MoJ ministers & officials I won't be reapplying for my post. Cant be independent of people you are asking for a job.
— HMI Prisons (@HMIPrisonsnews) December 2, 2014
Senior police officers have failed in their duty to uphold the rule of law in their reaction to the release of Harry Roberts, argues Richard Garside.
Richard Garside writes on the challenges involved in explaining criminal justice developments across the United Kingdom and asks for views and ideas.
A letter published today in The Daily Telegraph criticises government plans to build the largest children's prison in Europe, describing it as 'bad for children, bad for justice and bad for the taxpayer'. The Centre's director, Richard Garside, is among the many signatories which also include Liberty, the NSPCC, Howard League, Inquest and others.
Matt Ford, Research and Policy Assistant, writes about our panel discussion on the challenges facing an incoming government.
The outgoing Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Matt Baggott, has told the BBC that his force should no longer be responsible for investigating murders by the British state and paramilitary groups during Northern Ireland civil conflict.
There was a 'need to separate the past from the present,' he told the BBC. 'I think however that is done, the PSNI should no longer be accountable for dealing with issues that pre-date the Good Friday Agreement'.