A duty to facilitate an individual’s release – No. 5 Chambers

‘The below article by Philip Rule, barrister at No5 Chambers, aims to offer a new potential for those with learning disability and/or autism, their families, and the many charities and NGOs that fight for the rights of these groups, to ensure things are improved for such individuals.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2nd September 2015

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Austerity and the prison – OUP Blog

Posted August 28th, 2015 in budgets, criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Greece is not alone in suffering from budget cuts arising from the era of austerity. In the UK, local councils, libraries, museums – all public services have been cut. Criminal Justice has not escaped this cost-cutting. The consequence has been fewer police officers on the streets, less money for legal aid lawyers, and closures of Magistrates courts. Prisons too have been hit; the government has reduced the amount it spends running correctional facilities. This has meant fewer programs and services for prisoners, more austere prisons as well as more work for fewer prison officers.’

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OUP Blog, 28th August 2015

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Number of most dangerous prisoners in special units doubles – report – The Guardian

Posted August 25th, 2015 in dangerous offenders, imprisonment, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘The number of the most dangerous male prisoners in England being held in a special “jail within a jail” system has doubled over the past decade, inspectors have revealed.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 2: Time for action – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

It is plain that across the board there is a desire for change in relation to women and criminal justice. Many examples exists of wonderful, creative, worthwhile and even evidently successful projects in relation to diverting women away from custody and improving conditions for women who lose their liberty. Research related to women and criminal justice is ongoing from a range of respected and vociferous advocates such as Women’s Breakout, The Prison Reform Trust, Women in Prison and Halsbury’s Law Exchange to name but a few – many working together to effect change. There is no doubt that evidence and recommendations from each of these respected bodies – and more alongside them – will call for real change, offering genuine educated and reasonable arguments for doing so. However arguably (at least for now), the real “power” lies with the Courts, ergo it is the Courts who need to be at the vanguard of change.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 1: Over the threshold? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Research surrounding the imprisonment of women, indeed even the imprisonment of mothers, is not new. A plethora of researchers and scholars have explored the issues surrounding women and criminal justice with passion and tenacity, arguably all of whom have contributed to the evidence-laden pathway culminating in the inspirational and influential 2006 Corston Report.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st July 2015

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More than 80 per cent of female inmates locked up for non-violent offences, new figures show – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, women by sally

‘More than 80 per cent of female prisoners have been locked up for non-violent offences such as shoplifting, new figures show, as a drive is launched to clear jails of women who pose no danger to the public.’

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The Independent, 29th July 2015

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Denying prisoners legal aid may be illegal, appeal court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2015 in criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Denying prisoners in England and Wales legal aid so they can effectively challenge the conditions under which they are held could be illegal, the court of appeal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2015

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Michael Gove’s prison policy: ‘making prisons work’ – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in news, prisons by sally

‘Michael Gove, the new Lord Chancellor and Minister of Justice, is settling in to his post. It has not been an easy start for him – there is an all-out strike by criminal lawyers, more Judicial Reviews lost in the High Court, strikes in other areas of his department and bad grammar on his desk already. And that is before any consideration is given to the main ‘task’ of his tenure – working out whether it is possible to scrap the Human Rights Act, and if so, what it can be replaced with.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st July 2015

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Prison smoking ban could cause ‘stability issues’ – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2015 in news, prisons, Scotland, smoking by sally

‘Banning smoking in prisons in England and Wales could make them more unstable, the Prison Governors Association (PGA) has warned.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Elizabeth Stokes: Prisoners’ Rights in Context: What Future under a British Bill of Rights? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 21st, 2015 in bills, human rights, legislation, news, prisons by tracey

‘As we contemplate the potential demise of the Human Rights Act 1998 in the UK (in no small part due to the decision in Hirst (No2) and its domestic application) it is worth considering what all this means for the protection of prisoners’ human rights in our domestic sphere, and the potential of either the courts or our democratic processes to recognise them.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 20th July 2015

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The treasure in the heart of man – making prisons work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given at Prisoners Learning Alliance by Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2015

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MP privacy rules broken ‘deliberately’ in jail phone monitoring – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2015 in interception, news, parliament, prison officers, prisons, privacy by tracey

‘Independent report reveals new details of how prison officers listened in to telephone calls between MPs and prisoners from their constituencies.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2015

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Prison education must be ‘overhauled’, Michael Gove says – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Education in prisons must be overhauled in order to tackle a “persistent failure to reduce re-offending”, the justice secretary is to say.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2015

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Prisoner book restrictions scrapped by Michael Gove – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘Rules restricting the number of books a prisoner can have have been overturned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

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Suicides among male prisoners reaching an ‘all-time high,’ says penal reform campaigner – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2015 in drug abuse, homicide, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Suicides among men in prison could be reaching an all-time high as more than twenty inmates are reported to have taken their own lives since May, a leading penal reform campaigner has claimed.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2015

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Legal aid restrictions delaying prisoners’ rehabilitation, court told – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2015 in legal aid, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners are being prevented from starting rehabilitation because they are denied legal aid for parole board hearings, the court of appeal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Legal highs a factor in prison deaths, says ombudsman – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2015 in drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons, reports, suicide by sally

‘Legal highs are suspected to have been a factor in 19 self-inflicted deaths in prisons in England and Wales over the past two and a half years, an official investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Staff-prisoner relationships are key to managing suicide risk in prison, say researchers – The Independent

Posted July 6th, 2015 in news, prison officers, prisons, suicide by sally

‘Identifying and managing vulnerable prisoners requires the building of staff-prisoner relationships, says new research on prisoner suicide.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2015

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Prison staff shortages contribute to suicides, report says – BBC News

‘Understaffing in prisons in England and Wales could be a factor in suicides among inmates, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law – The Guardian

‘Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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