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Coronavirus (Covid-19): The impact on prisons

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Rival Chair comes forward for Justice Select Committee

A rival candidate has emerged for the chance to lead scrutiny of the government’s justice policies in parliament – and the vote is today. Former health minister Steve Brine will stand as a candidate this week to be chair of the justice committee of the House of Commons. His sole opponent is the previous holder […]

The prison system is in an “appalling state of crisis” and the Government has no clear plan for “desperately needed change”, MPs have warned.

The prison system is in an “appalling state of crisis” and the Government has no clear plan for “desperately needed change”, MPs have warned. Safety, security and decency are all lacking in jails across the country, according to a critical report from the Commons Justice Committee. MPs condemned the lack of a clear plan for reform and […]

New Commons Report Warns of ‘Enduring Crisis’ in Prisons

Ministers should consider abolishing sentences of under a year to help ease the “enduring” safety crisis behind bars, according to a Commons report. Justice Secretary David Gauke is already looking at the possibility of scrapping jail terms of six months or less, with exceptions made for violent and sexual offences. The move is backed in a […]