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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

January 31, 2008: Penal Policy Reform

A new package of measures aimed at tackling reoffending by getting prisoners off drugs and into work has been announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw.  Details of the initiatives, which  were announced to Parliament via a written ministerial statement today, include:

  • Work by Justice Minister David Hanson uto draw up a contract so in return for opportunities for offenders to learn new skills the community will know what it can expect from those who have committed a crime.
  • The launch of a new drive to involve more employers, from the corporate, public and voluntary sectors, in training offenders and offering them employment.
  • A drive against drugs which will cover both drug treatment programmes in prisons and the control of drugs in prisons, and will be jointly headed by two senior figures with relevant experience in each area, who will be announced shortly. This will also look at introducing more rigorous searches, including the provision of more sniffer/search dogs.
  • As well as stamping out the supply of drugs, the Government is helping offenders kick the habit in prison. By April 29 prisons will have introduced the Integrated Drug Treatment System, and with the Department of Health we will be extending this scheme to a further 20 prisons over the next 12 months.
  • Four more drugs courts, building on the success of current pilots in West London and Leeds.

The Justice Secretary commented:

'The announcements I am making today signal a major drive to overcome some of the barriers to the rehabilitation of offenders. Our primary aim in doing so is further to aid the work we are already doing on cutting reoffending. These measures are focused on tackling drug use among offenders and providing opportunities for offenders to learn the new skills which might help them to a life away from crime outside prison.
'These announcements are framed by a sense of what the community can expect from those who break the law. We will provide opportunities for offenders to learn the skills, which will present the hope of a new life upon release, but in return we will set out what the community expects from those offenders who take up these opportunities. I have asked the Minister of State for Prisons, David Hanson to bring forward proposals for a new contract between offenders and the community.'