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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

December 2, 2005: New Criminal Justice Inspectorate Blueprint

The blueprint for the new single inspectorate for justice, community safety and custody has just been published by the Home Office, Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Attorney General. Independent inspection in the criminal justice system has long played a crucial role in improving services and holding organisations to account for their standards of service and treatment of individuals.

The Government intends to bring forward legislation to create a single inspectorate for justice, community safety and custody. The aim is to create a new, single inspectorate to replace the five that currently exist for the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, court administration, prisons and the National Probation Service.

In March 2005, the Chancellor of the Exchequer had announced the Government’s intention to reduce the number of public sector inspectorates from eleven to four. The Home Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the Department for Constitutional Affairs consulted on proposals to bring together and refocus the work of the five inspectorates for the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, court administration, prisons and the National Probation Service.

According to the government:

“The inspectorate will create a storehouse of expertise from the current inspectorates, sharing best practice in independent inspection and driving up standards across the system.”

Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart commented:

“The blueprint we have published today offers a unique opportunity to create an inspection regime that covers the criminal justice process from end to end - to make sure we provide a rigorous improved system for all those who come into contact with it…”

“The single inspectorate outlined today will build on the excellent work the five justice inspectorates have done in driving up performance. The new inspectorate will have a general duty to inspect and report on the functioning of the justice system and the delivery by the bodies within it of their duties relating to wider community safety. In addition to this general duty, the single inspectorate will have a special duty to inspect and report on the treatment and conditions of those in custody."