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Law Resources: Criminal: Sentencing and Prison

Howard League for Penal Reform  

Independent charity working for humane and effective reform of the criminal justice and penal system in England and Wales; site provides a range of information on this topic.

Open Justice  

Bringing together some of the key facts and real stories about different aspects of criminal justice; including sentencing and sentences, restorative justice, prison and probation.

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Youth Justice Board (YJB)  

We oversee the youth justice system in England and Wales. We work to prevent children and young people under 18 from offending or re-offending. We ensure custody is safe and secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

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HM Inspectorate of Prisons  

Provides independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Inspectorate of Probation  

Independent Inspectorate, funded by the Ministry of Justice, and reporting directly to the Secretary of State on the effectiveness of work with individual offenders, children and young people aimed at reducing reoffending and protecting the public.

HM Prison Service  

Serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB)  

Inside every prison, immigration removal centre and some short term holding facilities at airports, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of ordinary members of the public who monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

National Offender Management Service  

Executive agency of the Ministry of Justice, bringing together the headquarters of the Probation Service and HM Prison Service to enable more effective delivery of services. The two bodies remain distinct but have a strong unity of purpose - to protect the public and reduce reoffending.

Northern Ireland Prison Service  

Agency within the Department of Justice responsible for the operation and delivery of services within the Northern Ireland prison system.

Parole Board  

Independent body that works with its criminal justice partners to protect the public by risk assessing prisoners to decide whether they can be safely released into the community.

Probation Service  

Probation services are provided by 35 Probation Trusts across England and Wales. Trusts receive funding from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to which they are accountable for their performance and delivery. Probation trusts are responsible for overseeing offenders released from prison on licence and those on community sentences made by judges and magistrates in the courts.

Scottish Prison Service  

Providing a wide range of information on all the work carried out in prisons in Scotland.

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Sentencing Council for England and Wales  

The Sentencing Council (SC) for England and Wales promotes greater consistency in sentencing while maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing. SC is an advisory non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice