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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

May 9, 2007: New Ministry of Justice Launched

From today, all responsibilities for criminal law and sentencing, reducing re-offending, and prisons and probation will transfer from the Home Office to the new Ministry of Justice. which has been built around the existing Department for Constitutional Affairs. The core components of the new Ministry of Justice include

The government argues that the new Ministry exists "for one purpose only – to improve the justice system for the public." This improvement, it is argued:

"will be measured by better outcomes in penal policy; fewer offenders re-offending; more effective public protection from dangerous offenders; a system where the public have confidence that the punishment fits the crime; a system more connected to the communities it serves; a system that victims believe understands and looks after them; quicker outcomes in the family and civil courts; greater confidence on the part of the public in the way that our justice institutions operate; fair and accessible electoral arrangements; constitutional reform successfully and consensually effected."

The Ministry states that:

"We will achieve these important outcomes, firstly, by bringing many of the organisations, agencies and stakeholders who have to work together to deliver a successful justice system, under the responsibility of one ministry. For example, having the courts, the prisons and probation and responsibility for criminal law and sentencing under one ministry means the process of driving better results from sentencing becomes much easier."

"Better results include greater public confidence that the courts are passing sentences that really do connect with the problems of crime that local people have to face. Those connections are made in a real and profound way not just by ministers but by those who make the system work for the public, whether as policy-makers or as deliverers."

Following the Queen's approval to new Ministerial appointments, 10 Downing Street announced the ministers in the Ministry of Justice will be: