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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 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

  • Operating six adult prisons (with capacity to hold more than 5,400 prisoners) for the Ministry of Justice’s National Offender Management Service and the Scottish Prison Service
  • Achieving reduction in prisoner re-offending rates and contributing towards the national discourse on driving down unacceptable levels of violent incidents across the entire custodial estate
  • Supporting integrated offender management and prisoners by introducing a biometric key and radio vending (BKV), Prisoner In-Cell System (PICS), in-cell telephony and ATM kiosks

  • Developing a strategy of building local capability to align with national and regional policing capability for a more intelligent and integrated national policing system
  • Upgrading digital training to manage the flow of cases in a smarter way and using innovative instruments and technology tools to achieve police objectives
  • Embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse the huge amount of data held on digital devices and advance data driven decision making
  • Changing the cultural mind-set of handling disclosure by providing training to make it integral to future investigations

  • Delivering reform of offenders and cutting crime through the creation of flagship super prisons and modernised estates
  • Reinforcing effective rehabilitation whilst ensuring safety and security for all through Governor managed healthcare, education and employment opportunities
  • Harnessing technology to ensure safety for staff and in-mates through security of the estate, in-cell technology, detection of smuggling, access management and surveillance
  • Managing the prison population in England and Wales and maximising the cost-benefit of the current justice reform
  • Expanding on the shift in culture in modern prisons such as identifying environmental factors that could impact prisoner behaviour

  • 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

  • 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

  • Courts and Tribunals: How do we drive up court and tribunal performance to deliver efficient and effective justice?
  • Youth Justice: How do we reduce the number of young people offending and entering the youth justice system?
  • Prison and Probation Reform: What interventions are most cost-effective in reducing adult reoffending, and what works for whom?
  • Community Safety: How do we best create custodial and community based environments that keep people safe and reduce levels of violence and self-harm?

  • Shaping decisions around transformation and using resources to keep people safe with an effective value for money service
  • Adapting to a modern policing environment in order serve an increasingly diverse and complex society
  • Attracting and retaining a confident workforce that is able to operate with a high degree of autonomy and accountability
  • Making better use of digital intelligence, and creating a digital format that allows for better information sharing across the police sector
  • Increasing partnerships within the community and other service providers in order to reduce crime and protect the vulnerable
  • Responding to the new challenges posed by increased globalisation and devolution of local councils and authorities

  • 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

  • Examining how the use of monitored in-cell technology could enhance communication between prisoners and the Prison & Probation Ombudsman
  • Addressing the overarching need for the National Probation Service to give staff better guidance on drug and alcohol use, information and data sharing and making welfare checks
  • Improving safety and fairness in prison and probation services by identifying systemic failings
  • Dealing with 4.500 to 5.000 complaints to tackle some of the key issues faced by prisoners and prevent fatal incidents
  • Conducting a review on all the complaints processes in prisons, with a particular focus on the discrimination complaint procedure to identify areas where improvements can be made