Agenda

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Networking

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Morning hot seat: Mental health

  • Considering mental health issues in relation to vulnerable offenders

9:30 am - 9:35 am

Chair’s Opening Remarks

9:35 am - 9:50 am

Keynote: Navigating the Criminal Justice Landscape

  • Outlining HMCT’S ambitious reform programme, bringing new technology and modern ways of working to the justice system and ensuring access to justice for all users
  • Reviewing the outcomes of the New Futures network which builds partnerships between prisons and employers to generate training and job opportunities for ex-offenders
  • Restoring stability and improving safety, security and decency in prisons and investing in capabilities and technology to combat threats such as drugs, drones, violence and mobiles
  • Tackling the emerging challenges facing policing and justice by bringing together local partners and ensuring that the justice system meets the needs of communities;

9:50 am - 10:10 am

Digitalisation for Rehabilitation; moving toward a digital first prison service

  • An update on the status of the digital prisons project
  • Understanding the opportunities of technology and digitalisation for prisoner rehabilitation and adjustment back into life outside of prisons
  • Moving towards a situation where users can start to use the internet in a controlled, secure & beneficial way
  • Using technology to improve the day-to-day of prison officers and all justice workers
  • Learning from the results of in-cell laptop pilot schemes

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Overcoming adversity; addressing the strain on the front line

  • Supporting police officers to protect the public in the face of budget cuts and rising crime
  • Utilising new technology to help police forces protect the public and provide a better service
  • Working with the National Crime Agency to build intelligence capability and increase expertise in organised crime

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Transforming courts and tribunals in order to modernise the justice system

  • Investing £1bn into new technology and modern ways of working to transform the way that justice is administered
  • Implications of the courts and tribunals service centres on local legal service providers and the boarder community
  • An update on the status of the CJS Common Platform Programme
  • Discussing the next stages of the project and how the reform will impact upon different departments and individuals within them

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Headline Sponsor

11:10 am - 11:50 am

Morning refreshments & networking

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Morning hot seat: Stop & Search

  • Deliberating stop & search and the associated problems

11:50 am - 12:10 am

Professionalising the prison and probation service to improve service provision and recruitment standards

  • A review of MOJ’s proposals to stabilise CRC delivery until the end of 2020;
  • Building confidence in the probation system and reviewing the long-term sustainability of the Transforming Rehabilitation project;
  • Analysing the MOJ’s probation workforce strategy and how this will elevate professional standards, training and reduce caseloads;
  • Tackling workforce retention and boosting frontline recruitment with diverse skill sets to maintain safety regimes in prison.

12:10 pm - 12:45 pm

Panel: Streamlining offender transition through pre-custody, the prison estate and into the community

  • Developing standard processes and procedures for sharing offender information with the third sector, local authorities, health and social care practitioners; including planned released dates, mental, employment and housing needs in line with the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Incorporating family members and positively reintegrating offenders into the community to support rehabilitation, improve well-being, and reduce reoffending
  • Improving the transition from prison to community treatment services by expanding in-reach provisions and encouraging offender engagement on release
  • Boosting prisoners’ skills while in custody and improving their chances of securing work on release

12:45 am - 1:00 pm

Key Supporter Session

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Seminar Session 1

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm

Lunch hot seat: Technology

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Seminar Sessions 2

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Streams

Rehabilitation

Judicial

Innovation

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Session 1

Rehabilitation
In-cell computers and mobile access for prisoners

  • Results from pilot studies across the country; installing laptops and phone into prisons across England & Wales
  • Reducing administrative burden on prison officers whilst improving rehabilitation & stemming the flow of illegal phones
  • Extending the pilot project to an additional 20 prisons over the next 2 years

Judicial
The HMCTS Video Hearings Pilot Project

  • Developing a service to allow individuals to participate in fully video hearings, without the need for any specialist equipment
  • Results and learnings from the first stage implementation of this innovative project
  • Moving from pilot studies to wide-spread use for the most appropriate cases

Innovation
Digital Evidence; from the streets to the courts

  • Lessons from the innovators of digital evidence and the implications for each step of the journey
  • Storing digital evidence in cloud-based systems and understanding the issues surrounding disclosure and digital record keeping
  • Developing a digital evidence sharing capability to easily transfer footage between the police and the courts
  • Discussing the ethical considerations of digital evidence as well as the solutions to technological malfunctions

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Stream 3

Rehabilitation
Case Study: The Digital Categorisation Service pilot study

  • Bringing together information from various law enforcement databases to create a central ‘risk rating’ for each prisoner
  • Efficiently assisting staff in identifying offenders who pose the greatest threat whilst in custody
  • Allowing officers to better target their activity to prevent, disrupt and disable criminal networks within prisons

Judicial
Building trust and improving the outcomes for BAME Offenders

  • Tackling the racial disparity in the flow of cases into court, owing to police pattern, in plea decisions and access to legal representation
  • Enhancing judicial equality and increasing judicial diversity by attracting legal professionals from underrepresented groups

Innovation
Digital Evidence; from the streets to the courts

  • Lessons from the innovators of digital evidence and the implications for each step of the journey
  • Storing digital evidence in cloud-based systems and understanding the issues surrounding disclosure and digital record keeping
  • Developing a digital evidence sharing capability to easily transfer footage between the police and the courts
  • Discussing the ethical considerations of digital evidence as well as the solutions to technological malfunctions

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Afternoon refreshments, exhibition and networking

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Afternoon hot seat: Legal aid

  • Understanding the ramifications of legal aid cuts and the need for reform

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Session 3

Rehabilitation
Tackling illicit drug use across the prison estate

  • Stemming the rise of new psychoactive substances in prisons and exploring the risks posed to staff and prisoners;
  • Supporting offenders and developing a refreshed drug strategy, focused on improved security and improved treatment;
  • Emerging lessons from the ‘Drug Recovery Prison’ pilot, to tackle the supply of drugs;
  • Working closely with key health and social partners to support rehabilitation and improving pathways of care.

Judicial
Getting it right the first time: Increasing efficiency in the Judicial system

  • Reducing file quality variation and developing a consistent approach to file preparation in police forces and the CPS;
  • Keeping abreast of changing disclosure standards and ensuring learnings are embedded internally.

Innovation
Understanding the implications of data collaboration

  • Joining up multiple platforms into one single connected interface
  • Replacing multiple legacy systems to allow different departments to collaborate with one another
  • Considering the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the courts process
  • Understanding the implications of big data projects

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Stream 4

Rehabilitation
Placing education and healthcare at the centre of Youth Justice

  • Taking a progressive and welfare-based approach towards young offenders with a focus on early intervention
  • Creating a safe and constructive place for children and developing a robust strength to reduce violence in prison and move away from physical restraint and segregation;
  • Improving staff training to deal with challenging children and delivering bespoke curricular leading to academic and vocational qualifications
  • Developing a BAME youth justice strategy which reduces racial variance

Judicial
Streamlining court proceedings in compliance with data handling and protection policies

  • Overview of the GDPR landscape and exploring the relationship between investigators and the CPS in information heavy cases and practical guidance for redacting information;
  • Ensuring sensitive data is always protected in line with the HMCTS digital transformation project;
  • Choosing a user-centric platform which supports all the stages of the legal process

Innovation
Case study: Developing a tool for mental health assessment on the streets

  • Developing an app which allows front line workers to quickly and easily assess the mental health of individuals
  • Safeguarding vulnerable people via a consistent framework
  • Creating a process which requires minimal training and is transferable across healthcare agencies

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm

End of Conference