Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris to sue government – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2017 in assault, damages, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

‘One of the men who murdered Stephen Lawrence is attempting to sue the government after he was attacked in jail while awaiting trial.’

Full story

BBC News, 19th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Stephen Lawrence killer David Norris to sue government – BBC News

Liz Truss rejects calls to cut sentences to reduce prison population – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary, Liz Truss, is to reject making deep cuts in the record 85,000 prison population in England and Wales warning that such “quick fix” solutions would put the public at greater risk.’

Full story

The Guardian, 13th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Liz Truss rejects calls to cut sentences to reduce prison population – The Guardian

Ian Brady begins ‘unique’ High Court fight over tribunal lawyer – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2017 in legal aid, legal representation, mental health, news, prisons, tribunals by sally

‘Ian Brady, the Moors murderer, is launching a “totally unique” High Court fight for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Ian Brady begins ‘unique’ High Court fight over tribunal lawyer – Daily Telegraph

Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in charities, mental health, news, prisons, reports, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Prisons in England and Wales need a “profound culture change” which focuses on inmate safety, a new report says.’

Full story

BBC News, 13th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say – BBC News

Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders – Home Office

Posted February 10th, 2017 in press releases, prisons, probation, rehabilitation by tracey

‘A new frontline service focused on reforming offenders and cutting crime will launch in April 2017, Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today.’

Full press release

Home Office, 8th February 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Comments Off on Justice Secretary launches new prison and probation service to reform offenders – Home Office

Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘A “violent and volatile prison population” is being fuelled by better access to so-called legal highs, a union has said.’

Full story

BBC News, 9th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Illegal substances creating ‘violent and volatile’ prisons – BBC News

Independent Monitoring Board : the Eyes and Ears – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in news, prisons, reports, whistleblowers by sally

‘Our prisons appear to be in a state of permanent crisis but what little we on the outside know about what goes inside our chaotic and violent jails owes little to journalists. Media has been effectively banned by the Government from going into prisons.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st January 2017

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Comments Off on Independent Monitoring Board : the Eyes and Ears – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Exeter prison struggling with drugs and rising violence, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2017 in drug abuse, news, prisons, reports, violence by tracey

‘Prison inspectors have warned that the situation at Exeter jail is “fragile”, with drugs thrown over the wall on a daily basis and only 29 officers on duty for 490 prisoners. The chief inspector’s report published on Wednesday says staff shortages at the overcrowded category B Victorian prison are exacerbated by problems including drugs and mental health issues, leaving the prison struggling to cope with rising violence and self-harm incidents.’

Full story

The Guardian, 1st February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Exeter prison struggling with drugs and rising violence, say inspectors – The Guardian

Dartmoor Prison: an insider’s story – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, prisons by sally

‘The prison system is in crisis, with riots, drug abuse and record levels of suicide. But what is life really like for the 85,000 prisoners in our jails? Jessica Berens was writer-in-residence at HMP Dartmoor for three years and has the inside story.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Dartmoor Prison: an insider’s story – Daily Telegraph

Prison suicides rise to record level in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘A record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, figures show.’

Full story

BBC News, 26th January 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Prison suicides rise to record level in England and Wales – BBC News

MoJ launches inquiry after record number of prison suicides in 2016 – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2017 in bills, inquiries, mental health, news, police, prisons, suicide, violent disorder by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has launched an internal inquiry into the mental health backgrounds of prisoners who killed themselves, as new figures are expected to reveal that 2016 was a record high for self-inflicted deaths across prisons in England and Wales.’

Full story

The Guardian, 25th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on MoJ launches inquiry after record number of prison suicides in 2016 – The Guardian

Dean Saunders death: Prison ombudsman finds ‘weaknesses’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in death in custody, mental health, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The criminal justice system “did too little to protect” a vulnerable inmate who electrocuted himself in prison, the Prisons Ombudsman has found.’

Full story

BBC News, 23rd January 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Dean Saunders death: Prison ombudsman finds ‘weaknesses’ – BBC News

Watchdog calls for action over transgender prison deaths – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2017 in complaints, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide, transsexuals by sally

‘The recent deaths of several transgender prisoners underline the need for jails to be more flexible and proactive in managing such inmates, a watchdog has said.’

Full story

The Guardian, 10th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Watchdog calls for action over transgender prison deaths – The Guardian

All prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes because transgender inmates can, inspectors say – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2017 in freedom of expression, news, prisons, reports, transsexuals by tracey

‘Prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes in jail because transgender inmates are allowed to wear dresses and make-up, inspectors have said.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on All prisoners should be allowed to wear their own clothes because transgender inmates can, inspectors say – Daily Telegraph

HMP Birmingham riot shows public and private jails are in crisis – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2016 in criminal justice, drug abuse, news, prisons, violent disorder by sally

‘It is no surprise that the prison authorities are closely monitoring every jail in England and Wales for signs of potential unrest after the riot at HMP Birmingham on Friday.’

Full story

The Guardian, 19th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on HMP Birmingham riot shows public and private jails are in crisis – The Guardian

Prisoner jailed for 45 years over letters threatening to kill people – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2016 in harassment, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, threatening behaviour by tracey

‘A prison inmate who wrote a series of letters from his cell threatening to kill 10 people, including prison staff and police officers, and then have sex with their corpses has been jailed for 45 years.’

Full story

the Guardian, 14th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Prisoner jailed for 45 years over letters threatening to kill people – The Guardian

Our prisons are overflowing with immature and vulnerable men – The Guardian

‘Young men don’t mature psychologically until their mid-20s. Condemning so many to the toxic environment of our jails is a recipe for reoffending and suicide.’

Full story

The Guardian, 1st December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Our prisons are overflowing with immature and vulnerable men – The Guardian

Lord Chief Justice: Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2016 in community service, judges, news, penalties, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment, Britain’s most senior judge has suggested as he says offenders view non-jail sentences as “getting off” free.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Lord Chief Justice: Community service is not tough enough and needs to be a more visible punishment – Daily Telegraph

We warned that the prisoners could riot. But the minister didn’t listen – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, violent disorder by tracey

‘A member of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Bedford raised the alarm about its perilous conditions, and wants an urgent rethink about jails.’

Full story

The Guardian, 30th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on We warned that the prisoners could riot. But the minister didn’t listen – The Guardian

EU prisoners deal ‘has not met expectations’ – BBC News

Posted November 30th, 2016 in news, prisons, select committees, transfer of prisoners by tracey

‘A deal to move EU prisoners in England and Wales to their home countries has not worked out “well”, MPs have heard.’

Full story

BBC News, 29th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on EU prisoners deal ‘has not met expectations’ – BBC News