Where next for criminal justice reform?

Reform is delighted that Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, will set out her thoughts on the future of criminal justice reform at this major conference.

The criminal justice system has seen considerable change over the past six years, but much remains to be done. Integration – both in terms of delivering a seamless experience across each service for users and staff, and ensuring interoperability between systems – is still limited. There remains huge scope for technology to enable more efficient and effective operating models.

Prisons and probation services are experiencing challenges, but also significant opportunity, and the Justice Secretary has promised reform of the “whole system”. Investment in the prison estate presents an chance to design-in rehabilitation, and greater autonomy for prison governors could lead to more innovative commissioning of local services. Truly through-the-gate provision will be key to reducing the prison population by preventing reoffending.

This high-level conference will bring together the strongest group of sector leaders and opinion-makers. Refreshments will be served before and after the event. Please find the full conference agenda below:

08.30 – 09.00    Breakfast and networking opportunity 

09.00 – 09.10    Welcome and introduction 

09.10 – 10.20    “Connected justice: a single system?”

Lord Leveson’s 2015 review of efficiency in the justice system highlighted substantial opportunity for reform and the Ministry of Justice is working with HM Courts and Tribunals and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to effect change, including implementing a Common Platform. In September, Liz Truss reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to reform, calling for a justice system that is “no less just but is far more efficient and accessible”.

The appetite for reform is clear, but change in isolation is unlikely to drive the greatest value, and may even have unintended consequences. As Lord Leveson pointed out, “the criminal justice system is not, in reality, a single system”, so different participants must work together to improve the whole. If the new Government wants to build a more efficient and effective justice system, collaboration across each separate service will be crucial. This means agreed data principles, interoperable IT systems and common processes.

Panellists will discuss opportunities for better integrating police, CPS, courts and prison systems, and the delivery challenges in doing so. Speakers include:

  • Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair, Sussex Criminal Justice Board
  • Paul Whittaker CBE, Common Platform Transformation Director, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Bryan Clark, Director of Digital and Change, National Offender Management Service
  • Jason Hall, Vice President Central Government and Police, BT

10.20 – 11.30    “Prisons and probation: making a reality of rehabilitation”

The last administration put forward an ambitious agenda of prison reform, including the establishment of Reform Prisons to give governors the autonomy to run their prisons as they see fit. The current administration is continuing that change agenda. In the recent white paper, the Justice Secretary called for “huge cultural and structural change within our prisons” to create “disciplined and purposeful centres of reform.” Rehabilitation must be at the heart of prisons. Estate reform will play a key role in this, as will improved use of technology and collaborative partnerships.

At the Justice Committee, Liz Truss stated that she also wants to reform the “overall system”. This is welcome, evidence shows that continuity of contact and case management is key to successful rehabilitation. A seamless end-to-end offender journey means a joined-up prison and probation system.

This panel will explore how the new administration can best reform the system to maximise rehabilitation and deliver better outcomes for offenders and society alike. Speakers include:

  • Gary Monaghan, Digital Prisons Lead, National Offender Management Service
  • Ian Blakeman, Executive Governor, HMP Holme House and Kirklevington Grange Reform Prisons
  • Joanne Drew, Director of Housing, Nacro
  • Jerry Petherick, Managing Director Custodial and Detention Services, G4S

11.30 – 11.35    Welcome and introduction to the Secretary of State for Justice

11.35 – 12.15    Keynote speech on “Where next for justice reform?”

  • The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for Justice

12.15 – 12.20    Closing remarks

12.20 –              Lunch and opportunity for networking

This high level conference will bring together the strongest group of sector leaders and opinion-makers. Please register your interest at events@reform.uk  Please note, attendance will be confirmed by email and is subject to availability.

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30 March 2017
09.00 - 12.20