Denying prisoners legal aid may be illegal, appeal court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Denying prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so they can effectively challenge the conditions under which they are held could be illegal, the court of appeal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2015

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Michael Gove’s prison policy: ‘making prisons work’ – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in news, prisons by sally

‘Michael Gove, the new Lord Chancellor and Minister of Justice, is settling in to his post. It has not been an easy start for him – there is an all-out strike by criminal lawyers, more Judicial Reviews lost in the High Court, strikes in other areas of his department and bad grammar on his desk already. And that is before any consideration is given to the main ‘task’ of his tenure – working out whether it is possible to scrap the Human Rights Act, and if so, what it can be replaced with.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st July 2015

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Prison smoking ban could cause ‘stability issues’ – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2015 in news, prisons, Scotland, smoking by sally

‘Banning smoking in prisons in England and Wales could make them more unstable, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has warned.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Elizabeth Stokes: Prisoners’ Rights in Context: What Future under a British Bill of Rights? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 21st, 2015 in bills, human rights, legislation, news, prisons by tracey

‘As we contemplate the potential demise of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the UK (in no small part due to the decision in Hirst (No2) and its domestic application) it is worth considering what all this means for the protection of prisoners’ human rights in our domestic sphere, and the potential of either the courts or our democratic processes to recognise them.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th July 2015

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The treasure in the heart of man – making prisons work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given at Prisoners Learning Alliance by Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2015

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MP privacy rules broken ‘deliberately’ in jail phone monitoring – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2015 in interception, news, parliament, prison officers, prisons, privacy by tracey

‘Independent report reveals new details of how prison officers listened in to telephone calls between MPs and prisoners from their constituencies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2015

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Prison education must be ‘overhauled’, Michael Gove says – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Education in prisons must be overhauled in order to tackle a “persistent failure to reduce re-offending”, the justice secretary is to say.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2015

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Prisoner book restrictions scrapped by Michael Gove – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘Rules restricting the number of books a prisoner can have have been overturned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

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Suicides among male prisoners reaching an ‘all-time high,’ says penal reform campaigner – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2015 in drug abuse, homicide, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Suicides among men in prison could be reaching an all-time high as more than twenty inmates are reported to have taken their own lives since May, a leading penal reform campaigner has claimed.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2015

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Legal aid restrictions delaying prisoners’ rehabilitation, court told – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2015 in legal aid, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners are being prevented from starting rehabilitation because they are denied legal aid for parole board hearings, the court of appeal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Legal highs a factor in prison deaths, says ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2015 in drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Legal highs are suspected to have been a factor in 19 self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales over the past two and a half years, an official investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Staff-prisoner relationships are key to managing suicide risk in prison, say researchers – The Independent

Posted July 6th, 2015 in news, prison officers, prisons, suicide by sally

‘Identifying and managing vulnerable prisoners requires the building of staff-prisoner relationships, says new research on prisoner suicide.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2015

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Prison staff shortages contribute to suicides, report says – BBC News

‘Understaffing in prisons in England and Wales could be a factor in suicides among inmates, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law – The Guardian

‘Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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High court challenge to government over services to Saudi prisons – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2015 in judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, tenders by sally

‘The legality of a bid by the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice to provide services for Saudi Arabia’s prisons is to be challenged in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Conditions at Pentonville Prison so bad that staff can’t be bothered to mop up blood stains, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2015 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘Conditions at Pentonville Prison have been criticised in a damning reports cataloguing blood stained cells, habitual violence and prisoners claiming to have easy access to drugs.

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The Independent, 23rd June 2015

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Why is the MoJ so scared of allowing journalists into jails? – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2015 in media, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Of course prisons are by their nature closed institutions, but we know what goes on in our schools and hospitals. The media shouldn’t be shut out.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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Prison overcrowding understated for years, minister admits – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2015 in news, prisons, standards by sally

‘Prison authorities have been underestimating the scale of overcrowding in jails in England and Wales for six years, the prisons minister has admitted.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2015

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Surge in number of prisoners killing themselves in solitary confinement revealed by report – The Independent

‘The number of prisoners who take their own lives in solitary confinement has reached a nine-year high with the death toll including a man who hanged himself after officers refused to give him a book, a report has disclosed today.’

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The Independent, 9th June 2015

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Prison suicides: Warning over segregating at-risk inmates – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2015 in news, prisons, reports, suicide by tracey

‘The suicides of eight prisoners have prompted a warning to prison governors about the risk of keeping “at-risk” inmates in segregation.’

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BBC News, 9th June 0215

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