CJI News

Cyber crime is a relatively recent phenomenon, the prevalence of which increased markedly in recent years. It is a matter of public concern and is regularly the subject of local and national news reports. Criminal Justice Inspectors have completed an inspection of how the criminal justice system deals with cyber crime in Northern Ireland and will publish their findings when a new Minister of Justice is appointed. The report will be published on our website at www.cjini.org in due course.
CJI has in conjunction with its partners recently carried out a second low impact inspection of Maghaberry Prison.  The visits are designed to support and review progress in implementing the changes required at Maghaberry recommended following the publication of its May 2015 inspection report.  The two day visit took place between 3-4 April 2017 and involved a small team of inspectors from CJI, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons in England and Wales (HMIP), the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI). The outcomes of the inspection will be published in due course. 
CJI Inspectors have commenced a scoping study to inform the terms of reference for an upcoming inspection of the “provision of services by the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector to the Criminal Justice Sector”.
 
CJI Inspectors are commencing stakeholder fieldwork for an Inspection of prisoner resettlement. Resettlement is the process of preparing prisoners for their release back into the community and effectively helping them to reduce their likelihood of re-offending. Inspectors will be engaging with a number of organisations who work in this area to gather evidence that will inform the Inspection. We would be interested to hear the views of any organisations or individuals who are interested prisoner resettlement. If you would like to contribute to this Inspection, please contact the inspection team at [email protected]
 
Inspectors have today commenced a scoping exercise to develop a Terms of Reference for the forthcoming inspection of the Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI).  Inspectors will meet with representatives from the criminal justice agencies who sit on the PPANI Strategic Management Board in order to identify the key issues which need to be considered during the inspection.  Once the Terms of Reference have been developed, Inspectors will then commence a stakeholder consultation with organisations who have an interest in this area.  Any organisations or individuals who are interested in contributing to this important work should contact the inspection team via CJI's Information Manager using our [email protected] email address.
 
Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan and members of the Inspection Team hosted a group of undergraduates from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent to discuss the purpose of inspection and the challenges facing policing.
 
The group were undertaking a four-day study visit to Northern Ireland to observe the numerous differences in policing and the criminal justice system in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. 
 
"CJI was delighted to meet with the students from Canterbury Christ Church University and hope they found their visit to CJI to be both interesting and informative," said Mr McGuigan.
Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan and Inspector Bill Priestley attended Ulster University at Jordanstown on 25 April where they delivered a lecture to a range of Crime and Criminal Justice students outlining the work of CJI and the current and future challenges facing the Justice system in Northern Ireland. 
 
Brendan McGuigan then presented CJI awards to the student who had submitted  the best Crime and Criminal justice dissertation and the best second year performer.