Record number of prison deaths ‘due to cuts and overcrowding’ – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2014 in budgets, death in custody, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The number of people dying in prison has risen to its highest level since records began more than 30 years ago, figures released by the Ministry of Justice show.’

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The Independent, 31st October 2014

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High security prisoners offered academic course to learn about ’causes of crime’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 29th, 2014 in news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘Academics from Durham University will teach criminology to prisoners and students inside Category ‘A’ jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2014

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Prisons struggling with old, sick and disabled people, says charity – The Independent

Posted October 28th, 2014 in disabled persons, elderly, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are struggling to cope with the growing numbers of old, sick and disabled people behind bars, according to a prison charity.’

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The Independent, 28th October 2014

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Move to introduce jail time as potential punishment for UK data protection breaches stalls – OUT-LAW.com

‘Another attempt to introduce jail sentences as a possible punishment to individuals who access or disclose personal data in breach of data protection rules has stalled in the UK parliament.

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24th October 2014

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Mental health units to be set up inside prisons – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in consultations, hospitals, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Plans being considered by the Government will see inmates treated in specialist mental health units inside prisons in future.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2014

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Prison inspector warns of ‘widening cracks’ in system – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘There has been a “rapid deterioration” in prison safety in England and Wales, the prisons inspector has warned.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

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Should muggers go to prison? – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in news, prisons, sentencing, theft by sally

‘Whatever happened to locking them up and throwing away the key? But the evidence suggests prison encourages re-offending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st October 2014

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Building a super-prison for children is a terrible idea – The Guardian

‘he Ministry of Justice’s bizarre plan includes a regime of physical punishment and restraint that would be a recipe for child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2014

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Revealed: The killers and rapists among 1,000 criminals launching compensation claims over prisoner voting – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 10th, 2014 in compensation, elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘Identities of more than 1,000 convicted criminals who have brought legal challenges over Britain’s ban on inmates voting are disclosed by Strasbourg court for the first time.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2014

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Guildford Four: An innocent man’s letters from jail – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2014 in appeals, Ireland, news, police, prisons, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘In October 1989, the Guildford Four were released from jail. Their convictions for blowing up two pubs in the Surrey town during an IRA bombing campaign had been quashed.’

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BBC News, 4th October 2014

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Grayling: ‘real plan’ on human rights imminent – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling today promised a “real plan” to shake up human rights law, prompting speculation that prime minister David Cameron will fill in the details in his speech to the Conservative party conference tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2014

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Legal Aid Challenge Success, Assisted Suicide and the Future of UK Human Rights – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the Conservative Party will unveil its plans for human rights reform in the UK. In other news, Chris Grayling’s decision to drastically reduce the number of legal aid contacts granted is successfully challenged, while a prosecution for assisted suicide keeps the assisted dying debate alive.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2014

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Prisoners’ children ‘forgotten victims’, Barnardo’s says – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, families, news, prisons by tracey

‘Children of prisoners are the “forgotten victims” of the justice system, Barnardo’s has said. Figures from 120 prisons suggest children make 500,000 visits to parents in prisons in England and Wales and the charity says these visits can cause them “long-lasting distress”. It says the children are in a “policy black hole”, with little government effort to monitor or identify them.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2014

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Prison book restriction ‘harms studying’ – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2014 in education, libraries, Ministry of Justice, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Restrictions on the number of books prisoners in England and Wales can have in their cells is inhibiting inmates’ ability to learn, a charity warns.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2014

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Feeling the pressure on prisoner release – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, delay, judges, news, parole, prisons by sally

‘David Calvert-Smith leads a parole board confronted by an unprecedented backlog of hearings and little option but to keep inmates waiting in overcrowded prisons.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2014

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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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