The Government has announced that prisoners on Temporary License will now be able to vote. This change has been made to comply with the ECtHR judgment in Hirst, which found that a blanket ban on voting by prisoners was incompatible with the ECHR.
The Government estimates that this change will affect "up to 100 people".
Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, gave the 2017 Parmoor Lecture to the Howard League for Penal Reform. In his speech, he made several suggestions for reform of the youth criminal justice system.
Why, for example, could the Youth Court not be amalgamated in an expanded family court where the process would no longer be criminal and the emphasis could be on problem-solving in the true sense and, as I have suggested, for the entire family, rather than on punishment, or so-called rehabilitation, for the child in the custodial estate so excoriated by the Chief Inspector?