Meet the new Justice Secretary Liz Truss

First female Lord Chancellor in almost 1,000 years

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Liz Truss has replaced Michael Gove as Justice Secretary and become the first woman to hold the post of Lord Chancellor in 950 years.

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‘A living hell’ – the untold story of the partner of a man on IPP

It is not just the prisoners who suffer under indefinite sentences

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‘No more tears’: Jacquie Fahy has struggled to cope while her partner has served his IPP sentence. Photograph: Victoria Seabrook

“It’s been a living hell. I can’t even begin to tell you how much work it’s been,” says Jacquie Fahy, whose partner is serving an indefinite prison sentence.
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Further privatisation, scrapping NPS – the latest twist in the probation service story?

Should the national service be scrapped and all probation be run privately?

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Through the gate: offenders often struggle adapting to life beyond bars.© Prisonimage.org

What is left of the National Probation Service should be disbanded. All forms of offender rehabilitation should be run privately.

These are the recommendations made by think tank Reform in a new report, Local commissioning, local solutions: devolving offender management.

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Seven things we learnt about prison safety in England & Wales from latest major report

Parliamentary committee calls for urgent improvement of unsafe prisons  

Credit: Guillermo Ruiz, Flickr

Credit: Guillermo Ruiz, Flickr

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The Justice Select Committee said prisons in England & Wales “continue to deteriorate significantly” and that “improvement is urgently needed” in its latest report on prison safety.

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Smoke cannons and balloons let off outside Holloway Prison in feminist protest

But ministry of Justice defends its prison and probation spending

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‘Black lives matter and the lives of all women matter’ Photo: Jade Jackman

Feminist protesters let off balloons outside HMP Holloway yesterday to commemorate the 77 women who have died in prison in the last 10 years.

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Private prison providers fined £3.7m for contract breaches since 2010

Figures ‘low,’ gov claims, but campaigners highlight increase in violence

private companies receive financial penalties for contract failures.

Fined: private companies receive financial penalties for contract failures. Photograph: x1klima


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Reducing prison population only way to reduce ‘shameful’ death rates, urge campaigners

Same mistakes being made across policing and prison system, Inquest director says

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Mentally ill people are four times more likely to die after being subjected to police force, the police watchdog found this week.

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