Inside the UK’s biggest prison – BBC News

‘By the end of this year, HMP Oakwood in Staffordshire will be the largest prison in the UK, with more than 2,000 inmates. Run by private firm G4S, Oakwood’s reputation was dented in 2014 when a wing in the prison was taken over by inmates. Sima Kotecha has been inside.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2016

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Prison’s gross failures contributed to death of inmate, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘A catastrophic series of failures contributed to the death of a prisoner, who died after setting fire to his cell, an inquest jury ruled.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Justice advisory council’s future up in the air after reshuffle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Uncertainty surrounds the future of the advisory council set up by former lord chancellor Michael Gove to examine ways to eliminate waste and abuses in the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests – The Guardian

‘Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, the chief coroner has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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We Need To Talk About… Prisoner Voting – RightsInfo

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘One of the most heated debates over the role of the European Court of Human Rights, and its relationship with the UK, is the issue of prisoner voting.’

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RightsInfo, 20th July 2016

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Man jailed for using drone to fly drugs into prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in conspiracy, drug offences, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘A man who used a drone to fly contraband into prisons has become the first person in the UK to be jailed for the crime, police said.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Prisons now unacceptably violent, says watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2016 in assault, drug abuse, homicide, news, ombudsmen, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Prisons in England and Wales have become “unacceptably violent and dangerous places”, the chief inspector of prisons has warned. In his first annual report, Peter Clarke said the “grim situation” revealed in last year’s report was now “even worse” is some areas.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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How To Prevent Miscarriages Of Justice: Let Journalists Speak To Prisoners – RightsInfo

’17 years ago, the highest court in the UK declared that a policy prohibiting journalists from interviewing prisoners to uncover potential miscarriages of justice violated the right to free expression.’

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RightsInfo, 8th July 2016

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Justice secretary Michael Gove warned he will ‘lose control’ over crisis in prisons – The Independent

Posted July 12th, 2016 in industrial action, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Justice Secretary and former Conservative Party leadership contender Michael Gove has been accused of being “absent” as Britain’s prisons have been plunged into crisis and hit by a series of staff walkouts.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2016

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Prisoners serving indefinite sentences have high self-harm rate – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, suicide by sally

‘The rate of self-harm among inmates serving indefinite prison sentences is more than double that among life-sentenced prisoners, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2016

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Gang jailed after Izzet Eren prison break attempt – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2016 in conspiracy, escape from custody, firearms, gangs, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘A gang who tried to free a dangerous criminal from a prison van which ended in one of them being shot dead on a London street, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Restraint use on child prisoners doubles, says Howard League – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2016 in charities, children, inquiries, news, prisons, restraint, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘Children held in custody in England and Wales are twice as likely to have force used against them by staff than they were five years ago, research suggests.’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Ken Clarke: ‘absurd’ that defunct prison scheme still keeps people in jail – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in mental health, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘The former justice secretary Ken Clarke has criticised as “absurd” the situation where a defunct scheme for sentencing prisoners to indeterminate sentences means a man given a 10-month term is still in prison almost 10 years later.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2016

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Ken Clarke: Change rules on ‘public danger’ prisoners – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2016 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, prisons, probation, rehabilitation, sentencing by tracey

‘Former justice secretary Ken Clarke says parole boards should have more power to free criminals jailed because they were a danger to the public. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “absurd” to keep prisoners in jail beyond their original terms.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2016

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Serial killer Joanna Dennehy loses claim her human rights are being violated – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2016 in detention, human rights, murder, news, prisons by tracey

‘Serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her High Court claim that she is entitled to damages for human rights violations after being placed in solitary confinement in jail.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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The women forced to give birth in front of male prison guards – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2016 in birth, news, pregnancy, prison officers, prisons, privacy, reports, women by tracey

‘The Government is coming under pressure to justify why it imprisons pregnant women and their babies, after a report suggested that the practice can cause significant harm to infants and mothers without benefiting public safety.’

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The Independent, 26th May 2016

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Inside the special prison unit where rehabilitation rules the roost – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in bills, mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics, women by sally

‘HMP New Hall pioneers care and support for women with complex needs. The justice minister, Michael Gove, should sit up and take notice for his prison reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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What happens when you’re deported to Britain? – BBC News

‘A widowed mother-of-five who has lived in Australia for most of her life is facing deportation to the UK. What awaits her when she gets off the plane, asks Claire Bates.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2016

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Confidential Communication With Lawyers Is A Human Right, Even For Prisoners – RightsInfo

‘Part of being in prison is that your rights and freedom are restricted. But prisoners do retain some rights – this was re-confirmed by the highest UK court 15 years ago today.’

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RightsInfo, 23rd May 2016

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I’ve seen how our jails wreck human potential. Reform will take courage – The Guardian

‘Reoffending costs £13bn a year – and giving inmates an education is the best way to prevent it, says a member of the Coates review panel’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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