UK’s first ‘supersized’ Titan jail to be run by public prison service – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in drug abuse, news, prisons, public private partnerships by sally

‘Britain’s first “supersized” Titan prison, which will hold more than 2,100 inmates, is to be run by the public prison service and not a private security company.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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President of Family Division inveighs against social engineering in adoption proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 25th, 2015 in adoption, care orders, children, custody, drug abuse, families, family courts, human rights, news by sally

‘In a scathing judgment, the president of the Family Division has condemned as “social engineering” a local authority’s application to remove a baby boy permanently from the care of his father and place him for adoption.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015

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Depression linked to violent crime, study finds – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, assault, crime, drug abuse, mental health, murder, news, sexual offences, violence by sally

‘People with a depressive illness are three times more likely to commit a violent or sex crime than those in the general population, a study suggests.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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Number of jailed mothers is a ‘litany of despair’ – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in children, domestic violence, drug abuse, families, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, women by sally

‘The number of women imprisoned in Britain every year represents a “litany of despair”, Nick Clegg will say tomorrow, in a tacit admission that the coalition has failed to tackle high rates of female incarceration.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to be extended in England – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, families, family courts, news by sally

‘Courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children are to be opened in more areas of England.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2015

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Parliamentary conference to discuss alternatives to UK’s failing drug laws – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, parliament, United Nations by sally

‘A high-profile parliamentary conference is to be held next month to discuss alternatives to Britain’s failing drug laws and influence the international debate on drugs.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2015

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Jasmyn Chan death: Man jailed for Sheffield hit-and-run – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for killing a teenage girl in a hit-and-run crash. Jasmyn Chan, 14, died when she was hit by a car on Normanton Hill, Sheffield, on 9 May while crossing the road.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2015

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Legal highs and prescription drugs face ban in English and Welsh prisons – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in bills, drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons by sally

‘The justice secretary will be able to ban any legal drug inside prisons, including prescription drugs and “legal highs”, under a crackdown to start this week.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Jason Wilkes jailed over daughter’s MDMA drug death – BBC News

‘A father who supplied his teenage daughter with the drug MDMA and delayed getting medical treatment when she became ill has been jailed for five years and four months for killing her.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2015

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High Court: not “in best interests” of officer who used cocaine to sue police for psychiatric injury – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has said it was not in the “best interests” of a former undercover police officer who used cocaine “on more than one occasion” to sue his police force for psychiatric injury.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th January 2015

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Failures by social services led to death of baby – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in children, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news, pregnancy, social services by sally

‘A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to key test on homelessness and vulnerability – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week hear three cases where homeless applicants for housing assistance are seeking to challenge the Pereira test of vulnerability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2014

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IPCC to examine post-prison monitoring of cannibalistic murderer – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2014 in complaints, drug abuse, mental health, murder, news, police by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is to investigate whether a man reported to have murdered a woman in an act of cannibalism was properly managed after his release from prison.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2014

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Sophie Jones methadone death: Father found guilty – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2014 in child cruelty, drug abuse, homicide, news by tracey

‘The father of a two-year-old girl who died after drinking a heroin substitute has been found guilty of manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2014

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Family Drug and Alcohol Court: A Practitioners’ and Judge’s Perspectives – Family Law Week

Posted November 4th, 2014 in alcohol abuse, care orders, courts, drug abuse, family courts, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Sarah Jennings & Esther Lieu, 3PB, with District Judge Julie Exton look at the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.’

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Family Law Week, 31st October 2014

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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2014 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, enforcement, evidence, health, news, reports by sally

‘There is no evidence that tough enforcement of the drug laws on personal possession leads to lower levels of drug use, according to the government’s first evidence-based study.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2014

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Prison inspector warns of ‘widening cracks’ in system – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There has been a “rapid deterioration” in prison safety in England and Wales, the prisons inspector has warned.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Essex police apologise for failing to investigate drug-related death – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2014 in damages, drug abuse, human rights, negligence, news, police by tracey

‘A grieving family has used human rights law to force police chiefs to admit they failed to investigate the unexplained death of their son properly.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2014

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Abolishing prison sentences for drug users: sensible or a step too far? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 12th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Nick Clegg announced last week that a pledge to abolish prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use will form part of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto for the next election. The manifesto commitment would include a promise to move the drug policy lead from the Home Office to the Department of Health, and would seek to divert users into treatment for their addiction, community sentences, or to civil penalties that do not attract a criminal record. The plans would even extend to the possession of Class A substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. This is a controversial proposal, but does it have merit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th August 2014

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Exclusive: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habit – The Independent

Posted August 8th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Heroin addicts are to be given free foil – to heat up the drug – in an effort to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting disease, the Government will announce tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2014

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