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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

November 21, 2005: New Justice Inspectorate Planned

A plan to create a new organisation to inspect and review standards across the whole of the criminal justice system has been published today. The document is titled Establishing an Inspectorate for Justice, Community Safety and Custody.

The new single inspectorate for 'justice, community safety and custody’ will streamline the current inspection arrangements so that staff can deliver better services to the public. It will also create a storehouse of expertise, drawing on the experience of the five current justice inspectorates of Constabulary; the Crown Prosecution Service; Magistrates’ Courts Service; Prisons and the Probation Service.

Home Office Minister Fiona Mactaggart said:

"The blueprint 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."

Independent inspectorates which measure and report on standards in the justice system play an essential role in helping improve services. They also hold organisations to account for standards of service and treatment of individuals.

In recent years the criminal justice system has undergone reform to deliver improvements to public services and to help reduce crime and re-offending. The government argues that the introduction of this new inspectorate means that:

"these improvements in services will be effectively reviewed and inspected, ensuring the public can have confidence in a better, more effective justice system".