If you work in the Criminal Justice sector, these items might be interesting to you…
Clinks State of the Sector survey
Have your say, make your views and challenges known to Clinks, to pass on to the Government: Click here for the Survey Monkey link. For Voluntary Sector organisations that work with people in contact with the criminal justice system in England and Wales only. (Survey closes 5 July)
Official provision changes
Release on Temporary License Framework changes
Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has published a policy framework setting out rules and guidance for prison staff on the use of release on temporary license (ROTL). ROTL allows certain people in primarily open prisons to be released temporarily into the community to carry out activities that support their resettlement, such as paid or voluntary work, or to maintain family ties. The framework aims to increase the use of ROTL by loosening a number of restrictions on who is eligible. It removes restrictions on people having to wait three months after being transferred to open conditions before being considered for ROTL, and streamlines processes to reduce the reliance on additional agencies and boards to approve ROTL. Find out more here. And read a Guardian article on it here.
Probation provider changes
Following the announcement around changes to the provision of probation services recently, a series of slides from Stakeholder events and the webinar have been published, if you were unable to attend the events.
See the Gov.uk website for the downloads.
Youth Justice Board strategic plan
The Youth Justice Board has released its strategic plan for 2019-2022, which sets out what it aims to achieve in the coming years. In addition to its guiding principle of ‘child first, offender second’, the plan identifies six priorities, including: a focus on better resettlement and transitions; supporting the roll-out of secure schools; reducing serious violence amongst young people in society; improving safety in custody; and improving local practice. Particularly welcome is a priority that focusses on addressing the disproportionality of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the youth justice system.
Supporting someone in immigration detention
If you are supporting someone in immigration detention, or want to know more about the process, AVID has produced a handbook containing the current information, plus advice and practical resources. It costs £9 per copy for AVID member groups and volunteer visitors. Non-member individuals £12.50, small organisations £15, large organisations £25. Postage will be added on ordering. £8 for an e-book.
See the AVID website for purchasing links. AVID is the membership network supporting volunteer visitors to immigration detainees.