The justice system after lockdown
The coronavirus has created previously unknown disruption at every level of our justice system. A backlog of court cases that predated the coronavirus continues to grow, the overcrowded prison estate has been severely affected, and key services – healthcare, education, resettlement, and probation services – cannot carry out vital work as they normally would.
While the current level of disruption may be temporary the justice system will be affected for many months, and it cannot be incapacitated. What is more, while a low number of people coming into the system has eased some pressure, an uptick as lockdown is eased could create an unmanageable situation. The Government must take steps so that these services can adapt and continue their work safely, and without being overwhelmed.
Reform is therefore delighted to host this webinar, ‘The justice system after the lockdown’ as part of our Reformer series tackling the key questions of the pandemic.
The Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Dr Kieran Mullan MP, Justice Select Committee Member
Dr Natalie Byrom, Director of Research and Learning at the Legal Education Foundation
Chair: Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Reform Criminal Justice Researcher
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