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HM Inspectorate of Prisons Annual Report 2015-16: Chief Inspector warns that prisons unacceptably violent and dangerous

The Inspectorate’s 2015-2016 Annual report finds that prisons have not improved and in some key areas, have become even worse.

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Nominations open for the 5th IARS Youth Awards in Celebration of International Youth Day

The IARS International Institute in partnership with the youth-led 99% Campaign mark the celebration of International Youth Day 2016 by announcing their 5th Annual Research and Youth Leadership Awards 2016. The International Youth Day was set up in December 1999 following the United Nations General Assembly’s endorsement of the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998).

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The 99% Campaign is recruiting young people aged 15-25 to assist in the design and development of the 99% Campaign Magazine 2016!

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Hate Crime Update - New Govt Action Plan, Inquiry & EHRC Report

Government Hate Crime Action Plan 2016

The Government has recently published their hate crime action plan for 2016, ‘Action against Hate: the UK government’s plan for tackling hate crime‘, setting out the government’s plan of actions to deal with hate crime until May 2020. It applies to England and Wales only.

It outlines actions the government will take to:

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Justice Committee launches inquiry into prison reforms


The Justice Committee has announced an inquiry into the Government’s announced prison reform programme. The inquiry will operate on the assumption that, as indicated by the new Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, there will be no further substantial changes to the significant programme of reforms to prisons that have already bene announced, including:

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Mike Penning details inconsistent PCC spending on RJ services

As part of the Justice Select Committee Inquiry into Restorative Justice, the Minister of State for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mike Penning, has provided written evidence as to the amount of funding spent by each Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) across England and Wales in commissioning restorative justice services between 2013 - 2016. The evidence also provides accompanying narratives on how the money was spent and what types of services have been established or engaged.

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One off Justice Committee session probes radicalisation in prisons & new 'reform prisons'

The Justice Committee has held a one off evidence session, attended by Ian Acheson who recently conducted a review into radicalisation within prisons, and former Justice Secretary, Michael Gove. Covering both the review as well as the roll out of new reform prisons recently announced by the Government, the session shed some light on how progress is going to be made in relation to these two central issues.

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IARS Submission of Evidence: New Strategy for Carers

In March 2016 the Department of Health announced their plans to set out a new strategy for carers that reflects their lives, their health and financial concerns and give them the support they need to live well while caring for a family member or friend.

In this framework, a call for evidence was announced seeking consultation with carers and the broader sector including care receivers, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support and work directly with carers. 

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IARS Young People's Response to the Youth Justice System Review

The IARS Youth Advisory Board, in partnership with the 99% Campaign are pleased to submit a response to the departmental review of the youth justice system for the Ministry of Justice. The review that is led by Charlie Taylor examines evidences on;

·         What works to prevent youth crime and rehabilitate young offenders, and how this is applied in practice;

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IARS Response to the Human Rights and Business Inquiry launched by the JC on Human Rights

In June 2016 the Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, has announced an inquiry into human rights and business. This considers progress by the Government in implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights, by means of the National Action Plan published in 2013 and revised in May 2016.

Inquiry background

The inquiry looks in particular at:

·         What steps the Government takes to monitor compliance with the UN Guiding Principles

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