"Youth custody centres in England and Wales are so unsafe that a "tragedy" is "inevitable", the chief inspector of prisons has said.
Peter Clarke wrote to ministers earlier this year, after what he says was such a "staggering" decline in standards. Launching his annual report, he said not a single establishment inspected was safe to hold young people."
And repeat... "not a single establishment inspected was safe to hold young people." Makes me proud to be British!
"‘I genuinely believe “access to justice” is the hallmark of a civilised society.’ It was with those rousing words that Ken Clarke, as Lord Chancellor, introduced the Coalition government’s legal aid reforms back in 2010.
Now more than four years after the implementation of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, it seems a good time to survey the scene.
The impact of the 2013 legal aid cuts has been even more devastating than first feared. Whilst the government celebrated Magna Carta, LASPO became the charter for the bullying employer, the Rachman landlord and violent partner, who could act knowing their victim was denied access to legal help."
From Russell Webster This is the eleventh in a series of guest posts written by ex-offenders who have turned their lives around and now work, in one way or another, in the criminal justice sector. Natalie Atkinson tells how her experiences in care and custody have informed her work with vulnerable young people in contact with the justice system.
I just wish he had mentioned the word "justice" just once. Once again, the managerialistic measurement fetish that still has much of the public sector in its grip, rears its head, with the reduction in paper use being held up as a success. Is that really how success is measured now in the CJS?
I despair sometimes!