Archive for November 3rd, 2011

November 3, 2011

From the Ground up – Promising Criminal Justice Projects in the US and the UK

I had a fascinating day at the launch event for the Centre for Justice Innovation in the UK, hosted by Policy Exchange, where their first report on innovation in the criminal justice sector was published.  You can download it at  and turn to p34 for the CAADA story.  But actually, you should read all the stories (and if you are reading this blog you might know the CAADA story already) because there are great examples of practical and effective work from both sides of the pond.

Strong statements from Nick Herbert and Kit Malthouse on the need for innovation, and the value of payment by results, great links from Strathclyde between criminal justice, health, child development etc and eye-watering stats from Kentucky, where the prison population had been rising by 40% a year…before some clear thinking, analysis and political will has started to turn that around.  Indeed, in Strathclyde they are about to start piloting the use of alcohol detection ‘bracelets’ for certain offenders – including domestic violence – which will alert police if the wearer has a drink!

November 3, 2011

Great Video from the WI on impact of Legal Aid cuts

A first for this not very techy blog…a really good video about the proposed legal aid cuts from the WI  – click here to watch

November 3, 2011

Family Justice Review published

I haven’t had time to read it yet but here are the official headlines……will give you my views in the next couple of days. Please let me know what you think of it.

The Family Justice Review panel today published its final report which announces a package of recommendations aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system and to make sure that children and families are given the service they deserve.

The key recommendations are:

  • A new six month time limit in care cases so delays are significantly reduced.
  • Enabling people to make their own arrangements for their children when they separate, and only use courts when necessary.
  • Overhauling the family justice system so that agencies and professionals work together with greater coherence to improve the experience and outcomes for children and families.
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