October - December

CHANGING the ethos of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland so that it becomes more service centred in how it engages with victims and witnesses would be a major step forward in reducing continuing levels of dissatisfaction.

GOOD progress was evident in increasing the profile and importance of enforcement with the Department of Environment (DOE) and its agencies. That’s the view of Deputy Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland, Brendan McGuigan in a follow-up inspection published today (Thursday 10 November 2011) for Enforcement in the Department of Environment.

A REPORT published today by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) commends the professional practice and continued improvements at the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre (JJC).
CRIMINAL Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI) has today (Monday 24th October 2011) welcomed the Final Report by the Prison Review Team, chaired by Dame Anne Owers, which provides a blueprint for moving towards a ‘safer society’.
WHILE the process of the resettlement of offenders has improved, the outcomes for prisoners are less obvious – that’s just one of the findings of a new report published today by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland.
GREAT efforts have been made by staff and small improvements gained at Hydebank Wood Women’s Prison and Young Offenders Centre, but further progress cannot be achieved within the present regimes operating in both facilities.