Protection of victims and vulnerable witnesses in the courts, along with a commitment to reform offenders in prison – laid out in law for the first time – make up key components of the Prisons and Courts Bill set to be introduced to parliament by the Lord Chancellor.

The proposed legislation unveiled by the justice secretary, Liz Truss, today will underpin measures in the recently published Prison Safety and Reform White Paper, with the aim of transforming how UK prisons and courts are run.

Under a new framework, the justice secretary w...

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