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katy bourne
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An overview from the Ministry of Justice on progress regarding Prison and Probation Reform and Youth Justice since the 2016 Prison Safety and Reform White Paper and key next steps

  • Transforming prison and probation services into secure and safe places of reform
  • Reviewing the outcomes and deliverables of the HMCTS digitisation to enable better access to the criminal justice system
  • Working with the Inspectorate on an urgent notification process & new unit to track implementation of HMIP recommendations
  • Building digital products and delivering in-cell technology that will better enable prisoners to access education, communicate with their families and reinforce good behaviour
  • Reviewing the directions of travel set by the MoJ following the release of the ‘Areas of Research Interest’ report in May 2018

  • Prison operations, Rehabilitation, Prisoner Escorting – next generation solutions
  • Fact or folklore – the good and bad of private operators
  • Policy and Execution – the MoJ’s critical friend

  • Setting the focus on prevention and learning; approach to independence; stakeholder and community engagement; as well as plans to address timeliness of investigations whilst at the same time ensuring quality
  • Deaths in custody: looking across the system to identify all of the interfaces/ hand off points that contribute to delays in investigations

  • Addressing the biases against BAME individuals within the Criminal Justice System in order to overturn the trust deficit and save £309m annually
  • Outlining how 25% of adult prisoners are of BAME origin despite only making up 14% of the England and Wales population
  • Initiating collaborative efforts across the Justice System to educate defendants about their legal rights and options during legal proceedings
  • Taking advantage of the court modernisation programme, and using technology to build trust and transparency with better use of data
  • Setting a clear national target to achieve a racially and socially representative judiciary and magistracy by 2025
  • Implementing performances indicators in prisons to boost accountability and equality of treatments among races

  • Outlining the justice system’s digital journey-  from getting the basics sorted (putting services online) to the present (redesigning services for the digital age)
  • Projecting a short distance into the future: what things are likely to look like in 5-10 years’ time

  • Forming the Essex Centre of Data Analytics to extract analytical insights that can predict and prevent crime
  • Making a bid, with the support of Nesta, for money from the Police Transformation Fund to support Data Analytics initiative
  • Deploying a data sharing platform to be used as a resource of which Essex police contributes and shares data
  • Forming a data science hub that will assist the police force with validating and planning preventative action

  • Securing £11m funding from the Home Office to develop the Video Enabled Justice Programme across criminal justice (CJ) partners in Sussex, Surrey, London and Kent
  • Increasing and improving video utilisation in order to enhance access of justice services to users and increase operational efficiencies
  • Using a technology-based booking and video connection solution (GTL) to process Overnight Remand Prisoners from Police Custody
  • Exploring the various applications of the solution amongst prisons, bail and police to facilitate live court appearance via a court video link

  • Improving collaboration and information sharing to enable cost effective delivery of criminal justice services
  • Partnering with the West Midlands Police in delivery of their transformation portfolio
  • Modernising the Metropolitan Police’s most critical ICT infrastructure
  • Transforming the management of court cases across Finland and Spain

Sponsored By :

  • Reviewing the rise in violent crime in 2017, with murder up 17%, knife crime up 21% and gun crime up 20%
  • The Public Health Approach versus the Criminal Justice Approach to gangs: How can an integrated strategy be adopted?
  • Enhancing reporting standards of knife crime from schools and community organisations and ensuring that those carrying a knife are robustly dealt with through the criminal justice system
  • Exploring how the 2017 London Knife Crime and ‘London Needs you Alive’ Strategies could boost community-led intervention programmes to help young people turn their back on crime
  • How can tailored one-to-one mentoring prevent gang affiliated violence and criminal behaviour?
  • Outlining how improvements in vocational training and educational support have increased employability among young offenders and broken the cycle of reoffending by 38% over the past decade

  • Driving evidence based decision making to increase public confidence in the Parole Board
  • Reducing backlog of cases by 60% to reduce anxiety and uncertainty for prisoners; their families and victims
  • Discussing the impact of parole decisions on the mental health of prisoners
  • Embracing digital transformation to speed up how quickly cases are being managed

  • Adopting a whole-system approach by embracing the views, knowledge and experiences of staff and residents at the prison
  • Developing a research-informed project to promote continuous improvement and construct a rehabilitative environment and growth
  • Considering the Nordic model of punishment and how the principles of this system can be responsively applied to an English prison reform

  • Adopting a conflict-centred approach to reform the prison environment and the relationship between staff and prisoners
  • Fostering a culture of shared responsibility for safety between staff and prisoners so that everyone has a stake in creating a safe and stable prison
  • HMP Exeter: Exploring the correlation between lower numbers of staff, poor physical conditions and rises in violence
  • Empowering Governors with full budget control and freedom to ensure prisoners receive the very best personalised education and health services
  • Gaining insights into a local government initiative that gives former prisoners every opportunity to re-join the community as productive members and maintain rehabilitation outcomes

  • Addressing the complex health needs of people in contact with Criminal Justice Systems as fundamental to reducing re-offending
  • Advocating for systems leadership in addressing health inequalities of people in contact with Criminal Justice and reduce offending and re-offending
  • Establishing an evidence—based partnership approach between health, social care & justice organisations to inform both health and justice outcomes
  • Identifying the key role police have in tackling the causes of offending and re-offending and developing a consensus agreement in England

  • Fatal incident investigations by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman
  • What is a drug-related death?
  • The impact of psychoactive substances on deaths in custody
  • Themes from the PPO’s casework