Watchdog to inspect criminal justice system announced

A single watchdog to inspect the whole of the criminal justice system is to be created, the government has announced.

The new body will replace five current separate inspectorates for police, the Crown Prosecution Service, courts, prison and probation.

The proposal “offers a unique opportunity to create an inspection regime that covers the criminal justice process from end to end – to make sure we provide a rigorous improved system for all those who come into contact with it,” said Home Office minister Fiona Mactaggart.

The government has published a policy document, Establishing an inspectorate for justice, community safety and custody, setting out the plan. It describes an inspection regime that reflects a “modernised, joined up justice system focused on reducing crime and re-offending and promoting public confidence,” according to the government.

The proposals are published following consultation earlier this year.

Meanwhile Home Office minister Baroness Scotland said that new corporate, civic society and faith and voluntary sector alliances are to help reduce re-offending.

The National Offender Management Service will work with employers, the public, and voluntary and faith sectors to help offenders find jobs and integrate into local communities.

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