Prison suicide rate at highest level since 2007, figures show – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Prison suicides in England and Wales have risen to the highest level for seven years with 82 prisoners taking their own lives last year, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2015

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Sikh wins compensation over prison turban challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2015 in compensation, news, prisons, religious discrimination, Sikhism, solicitors by sally

‘A Sikh solicitor has won undisclosed compensation after being barred from entering a prison to visit a client because he had pins in his turban.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2015

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One in 4 inmates at youth ‘prison’ held in virtual solitary confinement, say inspectors – The Independent

‘Boys as young as 15 are being held in virtual solitary confinement in a youth prison plagued by gang violence, inspectors warn today.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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Lostprophets’ paedophile Ian Watkins will not get £150k pay-out – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2015 in news, prisons, remuneration, winding up by sally

‘Paedophile Ian Watkins will not receive a £150,000 pay-out after a Lostprophets’ management company was dissolved, the BBC understands.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2015

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Chris Grayling spends £72,000 of taxpayers’ money to defend ‘unlawful’ prison book ban – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2015 in budgets, fees, news, prisons, solicitors by sally

‘The Justice Secretary spent £72,000 of taxpayers’ money in an attempt to maintain his ban on inmates receiving books in prison from visitors.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2015

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Illicit prison phones to be cut off – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 6th, 2015 in bills, crime, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘Mobile phones that are being used by prisoners will be cut off under proposed new legislation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th January 2015

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Killer drivers will be kept off the roads in new crackdown – Daily Telegraph

‘Mike Penning, the Justice Minister, tells The Telegraph he will change the law before Easter to close a loophole that allows killer drivers to get back behind the wheel as soon as they leave prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th January 2015

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Prisoners’ mobile phones to be cut off under new law – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 5th, 2015 in bills, confiscation, enforcement, news, prisons, statistics, telecommunications by sally

‘Mobile phone companies will be forced to cut off signals to handsets being used by inmates in prisons, under planned new laws.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th January 2015

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Moohan and another (Appellant) v The Lord Advocate (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Posted December 19th, 2014 in elections, human rights, law reports, prisons, referendums, Scotland by sally

Moohan and another (Appellant) v The Lord Advocate (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 67 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 17th December 2014

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Moohan and another v Lord Advocate (Advocate General for Scotland intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted December 19th, 2014 in elections, human rights, law reports, prisons, referendums, Scotland by sally

Moohan and another v Lord Advocate (Advocate General for Scotland intervening) [2014] UKSC 67; [2014] WLR (D) 544

‘The blanket ban on convicted prisoners voting in the Scottish independence referendum did not contravene prisoners’ rights under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms or involve any breach of European Union law.’

WLR Daily, 17th December 2014

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Regina (Gordon-Jones) v Secretary of State for Justice and another – WLR Daily

Posted December 18th, 2014 in education, human rights, law reports, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

Regina (Gordon-Jones) v Secretary of State for Justice and another [2014] EWHC 3997 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 528

‘Prison Service Instruction (“PSI”) 30/2013 was unlawful in so far as it included books as earnable within the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme and excluded them from items that could be sent to or received by prisoners.’

WLR Daily, 5th December 2014

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Do we need a Royal Commission for penal policy? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 12th, 2014 in news, prisons by sally

‘Recently Louis Blom-Cooper QC and Professor Sean McConville (QMUL) proposed that the next government set up a royal commission on prison policy.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th December 2014

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Restrictions on books in prisons declared unlawful by the High Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 11th, 2014 in human rights, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Contrary to what some media reports would have us believe, Prison Service Instruction (“PSI”) 30/2013 did not impose an absolute ban on books in prisons. It did, however, impose severe restrictions on the possession or acquisition of books which a prisoner can treat as his or her own. The High Court has found that those restrictions could not be justified by the limited provision of prison library services and are therefore unlawful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2014

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Too many young adults go from ‘in care’ directly to jail – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in benefits, care homes, homelessness, news, prisons, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Young adults leaving care are being let down by the justice system, according to a new academic study. Despite up to a third of the current prison population having experienced the care system, criminal justice professionals are ignorant of ways to help young care leavers stay out of jail, it warns.’

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The Independent, 7th December 2014

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Prison book ban is unlawful, court rules – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2014 in libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘The blanket ban on sending books to prisoners in England and Wales has been declared unlawful by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2014

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Ched Evans: Release, Retribution and Rehabilitation – Littleton Chambers

‘In April 2012 Ched Evans, the former Wales and Sheffield United striker, was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, Denbighshire. It is a shocking and a wholly unacceptable crime for him to have committed.’

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Littleton Chambers, 1st December 2014

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Why do we ignore the mental health aspects of crime? – BBC News

‘When 16-year-old Will Cornick admitted murdering the schoolteacher Ann Maguire, the reaction was one of shock and bewilderment.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2014

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Jimmy Savile paedophile scandal has created ‘non-stop’ flow of sex abuse cases, judges tell Chris Grayling – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in BBC, child abuse, hospitals, murder, news, prisons, sexual offences by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, says huge spike in sex offence cases since former BBC DJ’s crimes were exposed has put added pressure on prison service.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

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Prison numbers could push 100,000 by end of decade – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 28th, 2014 in Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, sexual offences, statistics, violent offenders by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, defends revised figures showing an expected surge in the number behind bars.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2014

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The jail that has reduced violence by helping inmates escape from the gang – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in crime, families, gangs, murder, news, prisons, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Gang rivalries are driving up assaults in custody, but one prison has cut violent incidents by 75%.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2014

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