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Scotland's Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson, has announced a total of £639,500 funding is to be awarded to 12 projects working to tackle female offending. Mr Matheson (pictured) made the announcement during a visit to one of the recipients, the Edinburgh based Willow Service, who will receive an additional £154,000 to…
The criminal justice sector must adapt to ensure that people with autism are provided with the best possible support. That was the message from Northern Ireland's Justice Minister, David Ford, as he addressed the Autism NI, ‘Young People, Autism and Justice’ Conference in Belfast. David Ford (pictured) said: “This event…
The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research’s (SCCJR) Annual Report was published this week, providing an overview of the work of staff and students in 2014-15. The report contains snapshots and updates about SCCJR research projects in a diverse range of areas including offender supervision, trafficking of illicit antiquities,…
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has undertaken a scoping exercise with frontline staff in the criminal justice system to find out what kinds of difficulties they face when supporting clients with learning disabilities and what would help. This exercise has resulted in the production of factsheets which provide…
Half of England is now covered by a new service to make sure people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities such as debt or homelessness are supported in police custody and the courts. Sixteen new ‘Liaison and Diversion’ (L&D) teams are now up and running, bringing the…
Research has revealed how re-offending rates amongst young people could be improved by following the example of the Victorian reform system. Professor Pamela Cox, of the University of Essex, told the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Glasgow yesterday how young offenders in late Victorian Britain were much less likely…
A new college for young offenders at Hydebank Wood in Belfast has been opened by the Northern Ireland Prison Service. The college, for 18-21 year old young men, will address their offending behaviour through education, vocational training, mentoring and support programmes. Prisoners will be involved in a range of activities…
A High Court judge has raised concerns about children in care being held in police custody for too long as a result of going missing and being found. Mr Justice Newton has suggested that local authority social services staff are not making proper arrangements to collect vulnerable youngsters from police…
Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were at the time of one of Britain's worst jail riots, a former lord chief justice has warned. The system is in crisis again 25 years on from the Strangeways disturbance in Manchester, according to Lord Woolf, who led the inquiry…
Court custody in Surrey and Sussex has "serious shortcomings" according to the Chief Inspector of Prisons with problems including the care of children, overcrowding and women detainees being harassed by men in mixed sex prison vehicles. A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) has found that "no collective action"…
The number of prisoners taking their own lives has risen to a seven-year high, with Government cuts to staff being blamed for the growing problem. Fourteen of the 82 people who killed themselves while behind bars in England and Wales last year were aged between 18 and 24. A total…
Custodial Care Services play a crucial part in the day-to-day running of the Justice System. For this Apprenticeship, apprentices will work as Prison Officers or Prison Custody Officers in prisons or as Detention Officers in an immigration or detention centre, and as Escort Custody Officers looking after the security and…
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