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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Prison reform plan ‘will not solve overcrowding and funding problems’ – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2016 in bills, drug abuse, electronic monitoring, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison reformers have dismissed the government’s planned shake-up of prisons as a “tragic distraction” that will not solve key problems of overcrowding and underfunding.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2016

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Bill-by-bill summary: Queen’s Speech at-a-glance – BBC News

‘The Queen has announced the government’s legislation for the year ahead, at the state opening of Parliament. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2016

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Hope is at the heart of my prisons reform – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2016 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prisons exist to keep society safer. When we put criminals behind bars we take them off our streets, prevent them from preying on the innocent and uphold the clear bright line between right and wrong. But if we really want to fight crime as effectively as possible, we must do more than just incapacitate criminals for the length of their sentence. We need to ensure that when they leave jail they do not offend again.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

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Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Dame Sally Coates’ report and recommendations following her review of education in prison.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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The Queen’s Speech: Six laws that could be about to change dramatically – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2016 in adoption, bills, education, human rights, news, parliament, prisons, speeches by sally

‘Oliver Wright takes a look at the biggest changes to be expected in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech – and assesses how controversial they will be.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2016

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Prison safety ‘deteriorating’ in England and Wales, say MPs – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2016 in news, prison officers, prisons, reports, select committees, suicide, violence by sally

‘Prison safety in England and Wales has “deteriorated further” and urgently needs improving as figures show escalating self-harm, violence and disorder, a group of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2016

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Prison numbers ‘must fall’ for reforms to work says Ramsbotham – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2016 in mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Government prison reforms will fail unless inmate numbers are reduced before they are put in place, a former chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2016

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Reducing women’s imprisonment: sentencing of mothers – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Ciara O’Neill wrote recently on the Halsbury’s Law Exchange about Michael Gove’s talk on 4 November at the AGM of the Howard League for Penal Reform: “He believes that our sentencing framework needs a complete overhaul…Gove recognised that evidence shows short sentences are more likely than not to lead to recidivism, and that the system needs a more appropriate sentencing framework. This will be based on extensive research into the effectiveness of current sentencing practices.” (“Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM“).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd May 2016

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