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.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2017

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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.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2017

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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.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2016

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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.’

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the Guardian, 14th December 2016

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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.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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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.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2016

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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.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2016

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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.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2016

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Prison suicides hit all-time high: 2016 is deadliest year as one inmate takes own life every three days – The Independent

Posted November 28th, 2016 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘More prisoners than ever before are taking their own lives, with 2016 already the worst year ever recorded for suicides in prison, according to new figures released today.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2016

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Serving prisoner to spend longer in prison after sexually assaulting another inmate – Attorney General’s Office

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in press releases, prisons, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of serving prisoner following Attorney General referral.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 22nd November 2016

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Top judge urges tougher community service as alternative to prison – The Guardian

‘Fewer criminals should be jailed and tougher community punishments developed as an alternative to imprisonment, the lord chief justice has urged.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2016

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Fewer prison officers and more assaults: how UK prison staffing has changed – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in news, prison officers, prisons, violence by sally

‘This week’s walkouts by prison officers were in protest at staff shortages and escalating violence – and the data shows that the ratio of staff to offenders has indeed dropped in the last few years.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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Justice secretary under pressure from Gove to cut prison population – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2016 in imprisonment, ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons, reports, sentencing by sally

‘The UK justice secretary, Liz Truss, has come under severe pressure from her predecessor, Michael Gove, and the chief inspector of prisons to take urgent action to cut the prison population.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2016

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Women in Prison: 5 Key Recommendations – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 16th, 2016 in cautions, media, news, police, prisons, rehabilitation, women by sally

‘On Tuesday 8 November 2016, Halsbury’s Law Exchange (HLE) hosted a panel discussion on the urgent topic of: “Women in Prison: is the justice system fit for purpose?” In the lead up to the panel discussion, Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris co-authored a discussion paper on this vital question.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th November 2016

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One in four prisons hold transgender inmates, says Ministry of Justice report – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 10th, 2016 in news, prisons, reports, transsexuals by sally

‘One in four prisons in England and Wales are holding transgender inmates, an official report has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th November 2016

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Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? Notes from the panel discussion – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 10th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, sentencing, women by sally

‘In 2014 a Halsbury Law Exchange panel debated “Women in prison: is the penal system fit for purpose” – the answer to which was a resounding no. Despite panellist (the then MP) Simon Hughes committing to effect change as a result of that discussion the law still hasn’t made the headway hoped for in this area.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th November 2016

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The criminology course opening the door to education for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2016 in crime, legal education, news, prisons, rehabilitation, universities by sally

‘Side by side, Cambridge postgraduates and inmates at a Buckinghamshire prison mull over thorny issues, such as what is legitimate use of power, or why do people obey the law? They are studying criminology together within the walls of HMP Grendon, in small, carefully mixed groups. Over eight weeks they are treated as equals by academic staff; once a week they read, study, discuss and write essays before “graduating” together – though this master’s level study doesn’t carry official university credits.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 7th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, prisons, women by sally

‘Felicity Gerry QC and Lyndon Harris, in partnership with Halsbury’s Law Exchange, have spent the last three years researching sentencing and treatment of female offenders within the criminal justice system to determine whether there is a true and principled case for reform.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd November 2016

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Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary embarks on a major shake-up of prisons to help cut £15bn cost of reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2016

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Prisons in England and Wales get boost of 2,500 new staff to tackle violence -The Guardian

‘An extra 2,500 frontline prison staff are to be recruited to tackle soaring levels of gang violence, drug abuse and attacks on staff and inmates inside prisons across England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016

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