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Spring 2022

The police uplift programme

The Government has identified improving public safety and security as a key priority. To support this aim, in September 2019, the Home Office announced plans to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers in England and Wales by the end of March 2023.   The Home Office has committed £1.2 billion of additional funding to support police … Read more

Spring 2022

Secure schools

In 2016, the Taylor Review of the youth justice system recommended reforms to youth custody, including the introduction of secure schools – which would be small local establishments, governed and inspected as schools – to replace other custodial provision for young people, including secure training centres (STCs). STCs were designed to accommodate and educate more vulnerable young people.   The government originally committed to establishing the first secure school in 2020, but it is delayed. Meanwhile, … Read more

Summer 2022

Electronic monitoring

Electronic monitoring (‘tagging”) allows the police, courts, probation, and immigration services to monitor an offender’s location and compliance with court orders and take action as necessary. In 2017, we examined The new generation electronic monitoring programme. HM Prison & Probation Service recently decided to suspend development of a new IT system intended to allow bodies … Read more