Prisons and Courts Bill
The Prisons and Courts Bill has been presented to Parliament by Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss on the 23rd February. It underpins measures in the recently published Prison Safety and Reform White Paper as part of overall reform plans. It sets in law that a key purpose of prisons is to reform prisoners and that the Secretary of State has overall responsibility for ensuring that prisons are rehabilitative, safe and functional. It extends the role of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman to have greater investigatory powers and it puts prison governors in charge of budgets for education and health. Read more here

Devolution of Criminal Justice
'Breaking Barriers: Doing it Justice' is an independent review that explores a devolved approach to criminal justice. Led by the Rt. Hon Hazel Blears, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Dr Jon Bashford, the report looks at prevention and early intervention, custody and rehabilitation, and continuity of care. It looks at the case for devolving criminal justice powers, funding and accountability and taking a place-based approach to remodel the criminal justice system around the dynamics of the community. Contributors include those working in the criminal justice system, Community Rehabilitation Companies, social sector providers, and local government. Read more here  (