The return of parliament seems to have triggered renewed attention to the difficulties faced in the prisons and the CRCs. Michael Spurr has made a public admission of the impact of the failure to pilot TR and there is open acknowledgement of the lack of constructive targets. The Justice Select Committee has announced it’s intention to pick up and continue the review of Transforming Rehabilitation. MPs are paying attention to the proposals in Scotland to issue guidance against sentences under 12 months. The place to start must be with sentencers, but the focus on the reasons for the increased levels of recall is also welcome. The announcement of a further £277 million over 7 years to help the CRCs must beg huge questions about the relationship between public funds and private sector interests. Panorama on 16th October may be critical in galvanising a more serious approach to the reviews.
This week’s release of further data about the discrepancies in outcomes for black and minority ethnic groups health, education and justice prompts again the question about action. Let’s see a response to the Lammy Review and it’s positive recommendations.
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