The best justice blogs of 2013

Chris Sherwood /   June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,795 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in justice. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2013 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. Distorted thinking “No prizes for guessing that the blog returns to one of our favourite topics, that of G4S and the astounding news that leaked yesterday that they had offered to repay the government £24.1 million in respect of the electronic tagging contracts.” Jim Brown looks at what the G4S debacle means for outsourcing of public services. Posted in November by Jim Brown at On Probation Blog Competition killed the cat “Serco is certainly guilty of a lack of imagination. It has grown to where it is on the back of years of outsourcing, with successive governments of every colour looking to use contracting in order to cut the perceived waste in public sector delivery.” Richard Johnson looks at the experience of Serco in the outsourcing of public services. Posted in November by Richard Johnson at Buying Quality Performance Collateral damage “We know without any shadow of a doubt that there is absolutely no evidence or professional argument that can be advanced to support this Transforming Rehabilitation omnishambles that is being imposed upon us.” Jim Brown looks at what the lessons of the Work Programme could mean for the outsourcing of probation. Posted in October by Jim Brown at On Probation Blog Why it won’t work “Any organisation thinking of bidding for probation work ought to be fully aware that despite all the rhetoric and spin, every Government policy from now till the next General Election will be designed to make the task of Transforming Rehabilitation as difficult as possible…” Jim Brown explains why the probation reforms won’t work. Posted in October by Jim Brown at On Probation Blog Privatised prisons: it’s ‘easier to get drugs than soap’ “An unannounced inspection of HMP Oakwood has revealed grave concerns about the ability of private provider G4S’s ability to run a prison.” Scriptonite looks at the record of G4S in delivering public services. Posted in September by Scriptonite Daily Dear Mr Grayling “I’m no politician or academic, I’m just a Probation Officer, but to me it seems as if Probation are the experts in managing ‘offenders’ but we are the only people excluded from bidding for our work.” As the outsourcing of probation marches on, the Probation Officer writes an open letter to Chris Grayling. Posted in September by The Probation Officer Going, going, gone “This Government’s senior component has forfeited any right to be referred to as “the party of law and order” …[it has] apparently no conception that defence of the realm and a system of enforceable law both criminal and civil are the two requisites upon which our society is based.” The Justice of the Peace laments the erosion of justice as a results of cuts. Posted in July by The Justice of the Peace [Magistrate’s] Blog Tilting at lamposts “So, Payment by Results could well be based upon purely random chance events that may just have happened. Is that a solid basis for the distribution of taxpayers’ money?” Jon Harvey tries to get to the bottom of the evidence for Payment by Results. Posted in July by Jon Harvey at A Just Future: Fair for All A huge percentage of the population without redress – that is dangerous “The Government’s plan to slash £220m from the UK’s legal aid budget has rightly been condemned for its sweeping scale but, in this series of interviews I’ve done for the Guardian, the very human impact – the effect on the individual – is laid bare.” Saba Salman investigates the impact of the Government’s cuts to Legal Aid. Posted in July by Saba Salman at The Social Issue The mad professor’s crazy criminal experiment “This is, an experiment. And what has to be realised is that some experiments go wrong. The Government and tabloid press might see criminal lawyers as rats, but they’re wrong to think that you can experiment on us without a consequence.” For the defence pleads with the Ministry of Justice to reverse its proposed reforms. Posted in April by For the defence

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