Chris Grayling plans network of mental health centres in prisons – The Guardian

Posted September 16th, 2014 in mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Chris Grayling has ordered justice ministry officials to start work on developing a network of specialist mental health centres within prisons in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2014

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th September 2014

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Sexual abuse in prison needs urgent investigation, commission warns – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in news, ombudsmen, prisons, rape, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Penal reformers say there is an urgent need to determine the nature and scale of sexual abuse in prisons in England and Wales in the wake of estimates that hundreds of inmates are being raped or sexually assaulted every year.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014

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UK prisons ‘failing to identify suicidal inmates’ – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There are too many cases of prisons failing to identify inmates who are a suicide risk despite the presence of clear warning signs, an official watchdog has warned after a “troubling” 64% rise in self-inflicted deaths behind bars in the past year.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part III – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the third of this four–part series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 3rd September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

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Human rights legislation in the UK: a cut-out-and-keep guide – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2014 in EC law, elections, human rights, jurisdiction, news, parliament, prisons by sally

‘Ever wondered what the difference is between the human rights convention and the Human Rights Act? This may help.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2014

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Ministry of Justice fined over prison data loss – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2014 in data protection, fines, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 for “serious failings” in the handling of confidential data.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2014

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Prison ‘crisis’ denied by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, statistics, violence, young offenders by tracey

‘Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted to the BBC that prisons in England and Wales face problems with violence, suicides and staff shortages.’

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BBC News, 19th August 2014

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£230m wasted on needlessly holding people on remand, says Howard League – The Guardian

Posted August 18th, 2014 in budgets, charities, news, prisons, remand, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘Up to £230m has been spent “needlessly” holding people on remand in custody who eventually avoided jail, a penal reform charity has said. More than 35,000 people kept on remand in 2013 went on to be either acquitted or be given non-custodial sentences, according to new figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform from the Ministry of Justice through a Freedom of Information request.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2014

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Andy Coulson eligible for move from Belmarsh prison – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2014 in conspiracy, interception, media, news, prisons, privacy, retrials, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former director of communications, looks set to be moved from high-security Belmarsh prison after finally being classified as posing no risk to society.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2014

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April Jones killer denied compensation for jail attack – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2014 in assault, compensation, news, prisons by sally

‘Mark Bridger is refused permission to move prisons and is also denied compensation after he was slashed across the face by a fellow inmate.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2014

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Veto of human rights rulings will damage Britain’s stance on Iraq, Dominc Grieve warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2014 in elections, human rights, international relations, news, prisons, veto by sally

‘Dominic Grieve warns that a veto on European Court of Human Rights rulings would be a ‘disaster’ and would would place Britain in ‘great difficulty in terms of our international standing on human rights’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2014

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Ombudsman slams prison service on suicides – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2014 in news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by sally

‘Failings in the prison service are leaving “vulnerable and isolated” young people at risk from suicide and self-harm, the Prison Ombudsman has concluded.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2014

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European court says UK ban on prisoners voting ‘breaches their human rights’ – but won’t grant them compensation – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2014 in compensation, elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Britain’s blanket ban denying all prisoners the vote is a breach of human rights, European judges have ruled – but those jailed will not receive any costs or compensation.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2014

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UK prisoners denied the vote should not be paid compensation, ECHR rules – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2014 in compensation, courts, elections, electoral register, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘The European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled that prisoners who have not been allowed to vote should not be paid compensation.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2014

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Strasbourg payout ruling due on jail vote ban – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2014 in compensation, courts, elections, electoral register, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is due to rule on whether prisoners who have been denied the vote should get compensation.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2014

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Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s policy ‘responsible for prisoner suicides’ – The Independent

Posted August 12th, 2014 in news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Chief Inspector slams Justice Secretary for failures on staffing and overcrowding.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2014

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‘Hardcore’ criminals with 100 convictions avoid prison – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2014 in assault, crime, crime prevention, criminal damage, news, prisons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A “hardcore” of repeat offenders, some with more than 100 convictions, are avoiding prison in record numbers, ministers have admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2014

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Florea v Judicial Authority Carei Courthouse, Satu Mare County, Romania – WLR Daily

Posted August 4th, 2014 in appeals, extradition, human rights, law reports, prisons by sally

Florea v Judicial Authority Carei Courthouse, Satu Mare County, Romania [2014] EWHC 2528 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 356

‘Where there was a real likelihood that a prisoner would serve a sentence in personal space of less than three metres, a serious issue of breach of article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms arose, without the need for other aggravating features and despite the good faith of the Government in seeking to address a problem of historic inadequacy in the prison estate.’

WLR Daily, 30th July 2014

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