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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

April 30, 2009: Bradley Report On Mental Health And Criminal Justice

The Government has just published its response to Lord Bradley's report on people with mental health problems and learning difficulties in the Criminal Justice System.

In December 2007, the Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, invited former Home Office Minister Lord Keith Bradley to lead an independent inquiry into diversion of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities away from prison into other more appropriate services during his ministerial statement on Lord Carter's Review of Prisons.

Bradley completed his review and reported his findings to government on 25 February. The report broadly recommends better assessment at the earliest possible opportunity, and improved continuity of care for people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.

The report has made 82 recommendations, the overwhelming majority of which the government either fully accepts, or accepts in principle. However, Bradley's report itself recognises many recommendations are longer term and will need further work to ensure that all implications are considered. A Health and Criminal National Programme Board will be set up to oversee the implementation of recommendations.

The report has been welcomed by Ministers across Government, including Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Home Office and Department for Children, Schools and Families who recognise the need for reform in this area and the necessity for more joined up services to strengthen capacity and take forward this work.

A Health and Criminal Justice National Programme Board will be set up by the end of May to bring together the relevant departments covering health, social care and criminal justice for children and adults. The first priority for the Board will be to consider Bradley's recommendations and develop a national delivery plan by October 2009. A National Advisory Board will also be established to ensure wider involvement from interested organisations.

David Hanson, Minister for Justice said:

"I am grateful to Lord Bradley for setting out the direction for the changes that we need to divert offenders with particular mental health problems away from prison and into more appropriate services.

"He has recognised the considerable progress already made in reforming health services for offenders. Prison health is now embedded in the NHS and delivered in partnership with the National Offender Management Service. We have also increased availability of drug treatment services. We will do more to achieve better outcomes overall, in the interests of victims, to better protect the public and further reduce re-offending."

Phil Hope, Minister for Care Services said:

"I welcome Lord Bradley's very thorough report and we now have a responsibility to make his vision a reality. People with mental health problems and learning disabilities deserve high quality health services to lead full, active and law abiding lives. We recognise, with Lord Bradley, that in improving access to these health services public protection remains a priority.

"Part of the way forward is to make sure that the NHS and criminal justice services work together effectively by improving commissioning, training and the development of staff. I look forward to working with the National Programme Board and Advisory Group to tackle these important issues."

Vernon Coaker, Minister for Policing, Crime and Security said:

"I very much welcome Lord Bradley's review and the recognition of the need for greater engagement by health services and healthcare providers at police stations.

"We will use Lord Bradley's review to build on the existing good practice that takes place in many police stations as we recognise that early intervention of healthcare professionals can help reduce the risk of harm to the individual and minimise any dangers to police officers and others. It can also help disrupt criminal lifestyles and help prevent further re-offending."

Beverley Hughes, Minister for Children and Young People said:

"We want to prevent all young people from entering the criminal justice system, including identifying those young people with behavioural and or mental health problems that are at high risk. By intervening early to support vulnerable children and young people and working with young people most at risk of offending we can help turn around their behaviour and help prevent their offending. The Government has committed, following the review of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), to provide better access to support and information and make clear what is available locally to help meet the mental health needs of children, and help their families.

"We also set out how to better support young people if they do enter the criminal justice system and the establishment of a Health and Criminal Justice National Programme Board will ensure local services work together to identify young offenders who need further support."