Criminal justice institutions – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

There have been some positive policy developments, such as the Female Offender Strategy, reforms to probation and the availability of liaison and diversion services. However, overcrowding, poor conditions, use of force, solitary confinement, violence and self-harm in prisons are still commonplace. Imprisonment rates are high and ethnic minority people are over-represented. Mental health and maternity services continue to be inadequate, and the coronavirus pandemic has presented additional challenges to the delivery of safe and decent prison regimes.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on criminal justice institutions.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020