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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 28 , 2010: New YOI Stopped

The Ministry of Justice has announced that their plans to build a new 360 place juvenile prison on the site of HMYOI Glen Parva will not be pursued as part of additional budget savings.

A cheaper, equivalent number of adult prison places will instead be provided on existing prison sites in a move that reflects the falling population of juveniles in custody.

Plans to build a new Magistrates’ Court in Birmingham have also been deferred as part of additional budget savings.

These cuts form part of the £325m that the Ministry of Justice will contribute to the savings of £6billion for this financial year (2010-2011), which were announced by the Chancellor earlier this week.

The Secretary of State and Ministers are committed to ensuring the ministry plays its part in contributing to savings to reduce the budget deficit whilst not affecting the ability to deliver vital frontline services

Prisons and Probation Minister Crispin Blunt said:

 "Meeting the demands of the prison capacity programme more efficiently allows us to play our part in contributing savings to reduce the budget deficit.

"The number of juveniles in custody is falling so it makes financial sense for us to boost the adult prison capacity by increasing the number of prison places available on existing sites – an alternative that provides substantially better value for the taxpayer.  

"This Government is committed to reforming the youth justice system to ensure reoffending rates are as low as possible while also dealing with serious offenders."

Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, commented:

 "We welcome the decision to cancel the building of a huge new prison for children next to Glen Parva, an existing large prison for young adults. Prison is no place for children and this was a mistaken plan that would have endanged children and the public. Sending children into large, violent prisons miles away from their home does not address offending behavour and fails to make society safer, as the 75% reoffending rate demonstrates.

"Given the current financial climate and welcome decrease in the number of children being sent to prison, it is ludicrous that the new titan prison for children was ever suggested. The deaths, violence and reoffending rates of children’s prisons are a national scandal and this new prison would have been an extremely costly addition to a failing system."