There's only one month to go until our all-day conference, 'Criminal justice since 2010. What happened? What next?' on Monday 23 March. It forms part of our Uk Justice Policy Review programme of activities supported by the Hadley Trust. The conference will assess the major changes to criminal justice across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since the 2010 General Election and examine the challenges facing an incoming government following the May 2015 General Election.
UK Justice Policy Review
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.
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.