Government sets out new measures to tackle extremism in prisons – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 25th, 2016 in freedom of expression, Islam, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Extremists to be held in ‘specialist units’, a crackdown on extremist literature and tightened vetting of prison chaplains.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd August 2016

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Extremist prisoners ‘may be separated’ from other inmates – BBC News

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in Islam, news, prisons, reports, select committees, terrorism by sally

‘Violent extremist prisoners could be held in separate special units inside jails under government plans to stop other inmates being radicalised.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2016

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New doubts over human rights law reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 12th, 2016 in bills, EC law, human rights, news, prisons, referendums, Scotland by sally

‘A draft British bill of rights prepared by the former justice secretary Michael Gove has been rejected by the prime minister, a newspaper reported this morning – prompting speculation that the long-promised reform could be abandoned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th August 2016

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New powers to cut off illicit mobile phones used in prisons – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in budgets, enforcement, news, prisons, statistics, telecommunications by sally

‘New powers to cut off illicit mobile phones used by prisoners to run criminal operations have been introduced in jails across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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Yorkshire Ripper: tribunal rules Peter Sutcliffe can be sent to mainstream prison – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in appeals, mental health, murder, news, prisons, sentencing, tribunals by sally

‘The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women during the 1970s, may be released from Broadmoor, the secure psychiatric hospital, and sent to a mainstream prison after a tribunal concluded his mental illness was under control.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2016

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Illegal mobile phones in prisons to be cut off – Home Office

Posted August 11th, 2016 in press releases, prisons, telecommunications by tracey

‘Inmates running criminal operations from behind bars will be targeted with new powers to cut off mobile phones being used illegally in prisons.’

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Home Office, 11th August 2016

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London woman dies in possibly the first drone-related accidental death – The Independent

Posted August 10th, 2016 in accidents, aircraft, armed forces, news, police, prisons, road traffic, terrorism by tracey

‘A young woman died in a car crash Tuesday after her vehicle was followed by police investigating reports of a drone being flown near Wandsworth Prison in London. The incident may be the first fatality linked to the non-military use of drones.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2016

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Women’s prison suicide rate soars as charity warns of ‘horrifying’ self-harm – The Independent

Posted July 29th, 2016 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide, women by tracey

‘The number of women killing themselves in prison has “risen alarmingly”, new government figures have revealed – prompting warnings from top charity leaders over unsafe jail conditions. Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show the total number of deaths classed as “self-inflicted” rose by 28 per cent over the past 12 months compared with the previous year.’

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The Independent, 28th July 2016

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Inside the UK’s biggest prison – BBC News

‘By the end of this year, HMP Oakwood in Staffordshire will be the largest prison in the UK, with more than 2,000 inmates. Run by private firm G4S, Oakwood’s reputation was dented in 2014 when a wing in the prison was taken over by inmates. Sima Kotecha has been inside.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2016

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Prison’s gross failures contributed to death of inmate, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘A catastrophic series of failures contributed to the death of a prisoner, who died after setting fire to his cell, an inquest jury ruled.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Justice advisory council’s future up in the air after reshuffle – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Uncertainty surrounds the future of the advisory council set up by former lord chancellor Michael Gove to examine ways to eliminate waste and abuses in the criminal justice system.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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Chief coroner calls for legal aid provision in state-involved inquests – The Guardian

‘Legal aid should be provided for families at inquests in which the government pays for lawyers to represent police officers or other state employees, the chief coroner has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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We Need To Talk About… Prisoner Voting – RightsInfo

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in elections, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘One of the most heated debates over the role of the European Court of Human Rights, and its relationship with the UK, is the issue of prisoner voting.’

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RightsInfo, 20th July 2016

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Man jailed for using drone to fly drugs into prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in conspiracy, drug offences, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘A man who used a drone to fly contraband into prisons has become the first person in the UK to be jailed for the crime, police said.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Prisons now unacceptably violent, says watchdog – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2016 in assault, drug abuse, homicide, news, ombudsmen, prisons, statistics by tracey

‘Prisons in England and Wales have become “unacceptably violent and dangerous places”, the chief inspector of prisons has warned. In his first annual report, Peter Clarke said the “grim situation” revealed in last year’s report was now “even worse” is some areas.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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How To Prevent Miscarriages Of Justice: Let Journalists Speak To Prisoners – RightsInfo

’17 years ago, the highest court in the UK declared that a policy prohibiting journalists from interviewing prisoners to uncover potential miscarriages of justice violated the right to free expression.’

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RightsInfo, 8th July 2016

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Justice secretary Michael Gove warned he will ‘lose control’ over crisis in prisons – The Independent

Posted July 12th, 2016 in industrial action, news, prison officers, prisons by sally

‘Justice Secretary and former Conservative Party leadership contender Michael Gove has been accused of being “absent” as Britain’s prisons have been plunged into crisis and hit by a series of staff walkouts.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2016

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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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