Ministry of Justice recruits redundant prison officers to ease jail crisis – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2014 in news, prison officers, prisons, redundancy by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is trying to re-employ more than 2,000 prison officers who only recently took voluntary redundancy, in a move to avert a crisis triggered by the rising number of prisoners in Britain’s jails.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2014

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Chief inspector of prisons: Conditions ‘getting worse’ – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There has been a “significant” and worrying deterioration in the standards of British jails, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales says.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2014

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700 new convictions for ‘historical sex abuse’ pushing up prison population – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2014 in news, prisons, select committees, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, says sex offenders found guilty of historical crimes are partly to blame for a 1,600 year-on-year rise in prison numbers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2014

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Prisoner Anthony Douglas accidentally released because of shared surname – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2014 in inquiries, mistake, news, prisons, release on licence by tracey

‘Inquiry launched into how man with same surname as another inmate due to come out came to be released from HMP Hewell.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2014

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Prison law legal aid appeal granted – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘The fight by two charities against cuts to prison law legal aid will continue after the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal the High Court’s rejection of the challenge.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd July 2014

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Should prisoners have the right to vote? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 1st, 2014 in elections, human rights, news, prisons, select committees, treaties by sally

‘Since 1969 no convicted prisoner in the UK has been allowed to vote. This prohibition was imposed, without debate, by the Representation of the People Act 1969. For two years before that there was no statutory bar to prisoners voting by post, albeit that there were, in many cases, administrative restrictions that prevented them from doing so.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th June 2014

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Bedtimes introduced for young offenders – BBC News

Posted June 30th, 2014 in codes of practice, enforcement, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘All young offenders will face strict bedtimes for the first time, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.’

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BBC News, 28th June 2014

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Regina (Tabbakh) v Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust and another – WLR Daily

Posted June 25th, 2014 in human rights, law reports, prisons, release on licence by sally

Regina (Tabbakh) v Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust and another [2014] EWCA Civ 827; [2014] WLR (D) 278

‘In respect of a prisoner due to be released on licence who was subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements, the policy guidance governing the imposition by the Secretary of State for Justice of additional conditions on the prisoner’s licence did not breach the requirements of procedural fairness or article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and was not inherently unlawful.’

WLR Daily, 19th June 2014

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Open Prisons – BBC Law in Action

Posted June 18th, 2014 in news, prisons by sally

‘Following a spate of high profile escapes, Law in Action asks does the open prison system need reforming?

This week, Joshua Rozenberg visits Kirkham Prison – an open prison in Lancashire – to find out what open prisons are really like. In the studio, Joshua speaks to Conservative MP Philip Davies – who has been highly critical of the system – and journalist Noel ‘Razor’ Smith, who was given a 26-year sentence for bank robbery.’

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BBC Law in Action, 17th June 2014

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Delay on tougher sentences for knife crime to avoid prison overcrowding – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2014 in news, offensive weapons, prisons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, is expected to delay the introduction of a guideline for minimum six-month jail sentences for those repeatedly caught carrying a knife because of the impact on the rising prison population.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2014

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Prisons face overcrowding due to policy failure, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2014 in budgets, news, ombudsmen, prisons, sexual offences, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The public is being put at risk by a “political and policy failure” in jails which risks boiling over this summer, the prisons’ inspectorate has warned as the government admitted more inmates would have to share cells to cope with an unexpected rise in numbers.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2014

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‘We are recreating Bedlam’: the crisis in prison mental health services – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2014 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘Mental health services in prison are under critical strain – in some institutions, as many as half of all inmates may need psychiatric help, but are often unable to get it. Such failures can have tragic results.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2014

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Prisoners who have absconded should not be in open prisons, says Grayling – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary is to prevent prisoners who have absconded from being placed in open prison conditions after a convicted murderer went on the run for the third time.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2014

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Prisoners to challenge indeterminate sentences at UK supreme court – The Guardian

‘The supreme court will hear a challenge by four offenders on Monday who allege that indeterminate sentences infringe the rights of prisoners if they are unable to get on to rehabilitative courses.

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The Guardian, 19th May 2014

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Plan for Europe’s biggest children’s prison ‘would put young offenders at increased risk of harm or death’ – The Independent

Posted May 12th, 2014 in bills, children, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘Controversial plans to build Europe’s biggest children’s prison in the Midlands would put young offenders at increased risk of harm and even death, campaigners warned last night.’

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The Independent, 11th May 2014

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From jail to jihad? The threat of prison radicalisation – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2014 in ASBOs, Islam, news, prisons, terrorism by sally

‘The head of the prison and probation service says there is a small but “significant risk” of Muslim prisoners becoming radicalised. Panorama spoke to one convict who was met by Islamic extremists when he was released from prison.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2014

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Prison book ban may face legal challenge – BBC News

Posted May 7th, 2014 in news, prisons, rehabilitation, time limits by sally

‘A government policy that bans books being sent to prisoners in England and Wales may face a legal challenge.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2014

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Regina (Lee-Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice and another – WLR Daily

Posted May 6th, 2014 in appeals, detention, law reports, mental health, prisons, reasons by tracey

Regina (Lee-Hirons) v Secretary of State for Justice and another: [2014] EWCA Civ 514; [2014] WLR (D) 183

‘Where the Secretary of State recalled a person to be detained in hospital under section 42(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Secretary of State was not under a duty at common law nor under article 5.1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms to give his reasons for the person’s detention immediately when he was detained and thus such reasons were not required to be given in writing upon detention. However, article 5.2 required those reasons to be adequately and promptly given to him following his detention.’

WLR Daily, 1st May 2014

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Review after ‘Skull Cracker’ Michael Wheatley absconds – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2014 in fugitive offenders, news, prisons, release on licence by tracey

‘A review has been ordered after an armed robber dubbed “the Skull Cracker” went missing when he was temporarily allowed out of an open prison.’

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BBC news, 5th May 2014

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Salford prison van escape gang jailed for armed ambush – BBC News

‘An armed gang who crashed a car into a prison van to free two men have been jailed by Manchester Crown Court.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2014

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