And now 20 ways to try to prevent ‘Justice denied’

The Secret Barrister, he of book fame, has a wonderful tweet which recalls my previous piece on the criminal justice system but is much more detailed. It is unfortunately, even worse than I initially thought. I’ve linked to the thread here so if you are interested – and I think we all ought to be,… Read more

Justice denied

In Johnson’s very soft and undemanding breakfast interview yesterday he said he wanted ‘county lines gangs totally wound up‘. I , (together with the Evening Standard!) have already suggested an educational route that would help. But, if he’s actually serious, in order to achieve that ‘winding up’ he will have to spend some money on… Read more

The Independant reports on the nasty party at work

‘The Independent’ – about whose ownership I am somewhat dubious, seems nonetheless to have had some interesting and informative reporting recently. They publicised a recent report which shows that “£15bn of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015.” Free at the point of use it may be but when private companies are making… Read more

Penal Stupidity

My attention has been drawn to some appalling new statistics by the Howard League for Penal Reform: ….The number of people known to be of no fixed abode when they were received into the 51 prisons listed, increased from 18,493 in 2015 to 23,488 in 2018. This includes men and women but excludes children. The… Read more

On probation

I came accross this simple chart to summarise the privatisation of much of the probation service which shows what a complete disaster it has been: (Note: CRCs are Community Rehabilitation Companies: NPS is the National Probation Service – the bit that is still state run; TR is Transforming Rehabilitation; MoJ is the Ministry of Justice. Double… Read more

Porridge isn’t working

According to Freedom of Information figures published by the ‘Byline Times’ (motto: what the papers don’t say): Thousands of prison officers have been referred for mental health-related assessments in the past year-and-a-half – almost one in eight (12%) of the total number in the role……. ….The figures come at a time when violence in prisons… Read more