Child Criminal Exploitation
We have been sent an interesting report from Missing People on Child Criminal Exploitation, which also looks at County Lines and Gang related activity. It also came with the latest Home Office County Lines Partner Pack which has specific strands eg for Taxi firms. Please feel free to share and use.
Ex-offenders – More Than My Past campaign
The Forward Trust’s CEO, Mike Trace, has written a blog for Clinks about challenging the stigma of offending and breaking the barriers that prevent people with criminal records from reaching their full potential. He believes that ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction can be an untapped pool of talent for employers and is encouraging people to get behind Forward’s newly-launched national campaign, More Than My Past, which showcases inspirational stories of people who have successfully confronted their problems around addiction and/or criminality and moved on to prosper in their personal and professional lives.
Universal Credit for prison leavers – new guidance
The Department for Work and Pensions has produced some new resources with information on Universal Credit for people leaving prison. The new guide and leaflet may be useful for work coaches, probation officers or anyone who supports people leaving prison.
You can find the resources on the Gov.uk website.
Sentencing changes announced
At the Conservative party conference, Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland announced that the government will abolish automatic half-way release, and instead require ‘the most serious violent and sexual offenders’ to serve two thirds of their sentence in custody. He also announced a national roll-out of sobriety tags, which can be given to people on community sentences and alcohol abstinence orders. People fitted with sobriety tags can face sanctions from courts if alcohol is detected in their perspiration.
You can read the details and press statement on the Gov.uk website.
Secret life of Prisons podcast
Straightline from Prison Radio Association has launched a new podcast series in collaboration with Prison Reform Trust. The Secret Life of Prisons is presented by Prison Reform Trust’s Chief Executive Phil Maguire and Head of Prisoner Engagement Paula Harriott. Each episode features a range of guests with personal experience of the criminal justice system and focuses on different aspects of the prison experience. The first episode features guests Brenda Birungi, Curtis Blanc and Jonathan Aitken who discuss their experiences of first arriving in prison. Find out more and listen here
More tasers for the police
Tasers are to be given to 10,000 more police officers in England and Wales, with £1-m being released by the Home Office to increase the number of officers trained to use them. This action is being take due to a rise in the number of violent attacks against police, but human rights campaigners and other groups are against the plans believing that increased use of force by the police will lead to an increased use of violence against them. Plus statistics show that people of colour are far more likely to be targeted by police violence than those who are not.
Read more in the Independent.
With thanks to Clinks for the items here except for the first and last ones.