Press Releases

August 2019

Young offender institutions (YOIs) are largely failing to prepare children they release to live safe, law-abiding and productive lives in the community, according to a new report by two criminal justice inspectorates. In too many case, those released do not have suitable accommodation lined up in time for the necessary support services to be put […]

October 2018

The report published today by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) reviews the progress made since the last update, published in 2015, on the 2013 joint report: Living in a Different World (PDF, 1.82 MB). The 2015 update was critical of the […]

March 2018

Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) and police are doing often effective work to keep children who have committed mostly low-level offences out of the formal criminal justice system, according to a joint criminal justice inspectorate report. Inspectors from HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services looked at work in […]

November 2017

Lack of training and knowledge means probation officers are not adequately assessing risks to children and others from offenders addicted to synthetic drugs such as Spice, according to a report from HM Inspectorate of Probation. Launching the report, Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, said work to tackle the prevalence, impact and treatment […]

July 2017

Inspectors find widespread concerns with disclosure practices across the criminal justice system A joint inspection by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found widespread failures across the criminal justice system when it comes to disclosure of evidence.

June 2017

Support for prisoners leaving jail and moving back into the community was poor and the work of most Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) was not making any difference, according to the Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prisons. The government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms were meant to improve rehabilitation, but those good intentions have not been realised. The […]

October 2016

Support for short-sentenced prisoners leaving jail and moving back into the community was poor, according to the Chief Inspectors of Probation and Prison. The good intentions of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, which meant to bring about a step change in rehabilitation by extending support from probation services to this large group of prisoners who […]

April 2016

Joint inspectorate report finds progress still needs to be made in digitisation of the criminal justice process A joint report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary published today has found that good progress has been made in the move towards a fully digital system but that more needs to be […]

December 2015

This is the first compendium of findings on the quality of services provided to victims by agencies within the criminal justice system (CJS). The information has been replicated from across the full range of individual inspectorate and criminal justice joint inspection (CJJI) reports published during the selected period (April 2014 to July 2015). The quality […]

November 2015

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have today published a joint inspection report ‘Witness for the prosecution: Identifying victim and witness vulnerability in criminal case files’. The inspection found that: the quality of service was no different whether a vulnerable victim or witness was involved in the case or […]