Prisoners study alongside Durham University undergraduates in unique criminology course – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2016 in education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘When it comes to learning, nothing can compare to real-life experience – as a group of prisoners has proved in a ground-breaking new university course. Inmates at high-security Frankland Prison in County Durham have been studying alongside undergraduates from Durham University in a unique criminology programme. And it is the prisoners who are coming top of the class.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2016

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Prisons inspector steps down with attack on Grayling for trying to influence his work – The Independent

Posted January 21st, 2016 in budgets, news, prisons, select committees by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is compromising the independence of Britain’s prison inspectorate by demanding “day-to-day control” over expenditure and the power to veto spending on a weekly basis, MPs have been warned.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2016

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Bid to speed up prison smoking ban – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2016 in news, prisons, smoking by sally

‘The Prison Officers Association (POA) is to launch a judicial review against the Prison Service to speed up an outright ban on smoking in prisons.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2016

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Legal Professional Privilege for Prisoners – The Bar Council

‘Justice Minister Andrew Selous MP has explained the authorisation process for listening in to communications between lawyers and clients in prisons. The parliamentary written answer, published yesterday, suggests that the prison service effectively self-authorises breaches of legal professional privilege (LPP).’

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The Bar Council, 13th January 2016

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Triple killer given £1,000 compensation after prison guard squirts shampoo on his CDs – The Independent

Posted January 4th, 2016 in compensation, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘A three-time killer has won £1,000 compensation from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after a judge ruled that a guard squirted shampoo on his CDs during a prison transfer.’

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The Independent, 3rd January 2016

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Prison warned to beware of older offenders grooming younger inmates – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2015 in news, prisons, sexual grooming, young persons by tracey

‘Chief inspector of prisons tells Rye Hill in Warwickshire, a dedicated sex offender jail, that proportion of inmates over 50 increases risk of sexual grooming.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2015

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Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 1264; [2015] WLR (D) 517

‘In a claim under section 19 of the Equality Act 2010 for indirect discrimination, based on a system of pay relating to length of service, once the claimant had shown that use of the particular provision, criterion or practice, namely the length of service criterion, had lead to a disparity in pay, it was permissible to consider the reason for the disparity complained of in the sense of the factors which had caused it to occur.’

WLR Daily, 9th December 2015

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Mother of murdered son calls for jail time for all knife crimes – BBC News

‘The mother of a young man who was stabbed to death in west London has pleaded with judges to impose jail terms on anyone caught with a knife.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2015

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Murderer sues Prison Service over ‘heart attack’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 14th, 2015 in assault, compensation, health, murder, news, pornography, prisons by sally

‘Extreme-pornography obsessive Graham Coutts claims he was made to wait and change into different clothing before being transferred.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th December 2015

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Islamists actively seek prison sentences to radicalise other convicts, say officers – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2015 in Islam, news, prison officers, prisons, sentencing, statistics, terrorism by sally

‘Islamist extremists are attempting to radicalise prisoners by deliberately getting custodial sentences or gaining jobs in jails, according to the Prison Officers Association (POA).’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2015

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Jail warning for backstreet school organisers – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2015 in consultations, education, fines, Islam, news, prisons, school children, sentencing, standards by sally

‘Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says anyone found running an illegal backstreet school in England will face fines or a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 13th December 2015

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Surge in prison disciplinary hearings ‘feeding vicious cycle’ – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, news, prisons, statistics, young offenders by sally

‘The number of punishment hearings held inside prisons has risen by 24% in the past year with almost 160,000 extra days – or 438 years – of imprisonment imposed on inmates, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2015

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Lee Rigby killer sues Prison Service after having teeth knocked out – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2015 in assault, news, personal injuries, police, prisons, restraint by sally

‘One of the men who killed the British soldier Lee Rigby is suing for compensation two years after his teeth were knocked out during an incident at Belmarsh prison.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2015

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Foreign prisoners ‘will be let out early’ under agreement they leave UK – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 9th, 2015 in community service, deportation, early release, immigration, news, prisons by sally

‘The new plans have surfaced among fears that tension is mounting in overcrowded prisons.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th December 2015

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Rules on whether transgender prisoners go to male or female jails to be reviewed – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in death in custody, gender, news, prisons, probation, suicide, transsexuals, women by sally

‘The rules governing how transgender prisoners are treated – and whether they are sent to male or female prisons – are to be reviewed, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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How to build better prisons: New designs and a new look at their purpose – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2015 in news, prisons by sally

‘The Government’s plans to close Victorian gaols in towns isn’t just a chance for urban redevelopment, it’s an opportunity to build prisons on a more human scale, with natural light and better facilities. It’s happening across Europe, but could a new generation of nicks become the norm here? Oliver Bennett gives his verdict.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2015

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Stopping jailed fathers seeing their children is a political gimmick – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in charities, children, families, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Prisons should nurture family relationships, but the government’s IEP scheme makes it difficult for male prisoners to maintain contact. It must be changed.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2015

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Children denied visits to fathers in jail after rule changes – charity – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2015 in children, families, news, prisons, punishment by tracey

‘Thousands of children are being denied visiting rights to see their fathers in prison because of changes to the prison discipline system, according to a report. The report, Locked Out, by the children’s charity Barnardo’s, says 17,000 children a month visit a parent in prison, and changes to the incentives and earned privileges (IEP) scheme mean that prison visits are being used as a way to enforce discipline.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2015

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Transgender woman who was sent to male prison is freed – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in news, prisons, suicide, transsexuals by tracey

‘A transgender woman who was sent to a male prison, causing a storm of protest, has been freed after 40 days behind bars.
Tara Hudson, 26, spent a week in the all-male HMP Bristol, where she was tormented by inmates, before being moved to a female prison after more than 150,000 people signed a petition calling for her to be transferred.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2015

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Prisons to introduce tests for legal highs in bid to reduce violence – The Guardian

‘Ministers claim the introduction of new drug tests able to detect legal highs such as spice and black mamba will prove a “gamechanger” in curbing the rising tide of violence in jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2015

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