Strangeways riot: Ex-inmates recall siege, 25 years on – BBC News

‘The Strangeways riot was the longest in British penal history and dramatically changed the way UK prisons were run. Twenty-five years on, four people at the centre of the siege explain their part in the drawn-out drama.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2015

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Lord Woolf: Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were 25 years ago

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in inquiries, judges, news, prisons, recidivists, standards, statistics, violent disorder by sally

‘Conditions in prisons are as bad now as they were at the time of one of Britain’s worst jail riots, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2015

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Burglar who sued prison for back injuries caught carrying stolen widescreen TV – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2015 in compensation, costs, news, personal injuries, prisons, theft by sally

‘Judge rules HMP Manchester still has to pay Ryan Hough nearly £3,000 compensation for bunk bed fall despite burglar being caught taking TV in raid on fire-hit home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2015

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What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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UK justice minister ‘complacent’ over 38% rise in prison deaths, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2015 in budgets, death in custody, news, prison officers, prisons, sentencing, violence by sally

‘The justice secretary has been accused of complacency by a cross-party group of MPs for denying any link between prison staffing cuts and a sudden rise in self-inflicted deaths and violence inside jails in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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‘Reality of consensual and coercive sex in prison’ exposed by review – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2015 in health, homosexuality, news, pornography, prisons, rape, reports by sally

‘Rape is extremely rare in prisons in England and Wales, whereas consensual gay sex, pornography and masturbation is widespread and accepted, according to the findings of the first systematic review of sex between inmates.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted March 10th, 2015 in health, law reports, ministers' powers and duties, prisons, regulations, smoking by tracey

Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice: [2015] EWHC 528 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 105

‘The provisions of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Health Act 2006 were, by necessary implication, binding on the Crown and so applied to all public places and workplaces within its scope for which the Crown was responsible, including state run prisons.’

WLR Daily, 5th March 2015

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Smoking ban must be enforced in prisons, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2015 in news, prisons, smoking by sally

‘The ban on smoking in public places must be enforced in state prisons as well despite warnings that it could provoke widespread unrest in jails across England and Wales, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2015

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Their crimes provoke repulsion but it is our duty to rehabilitate sex offenders – The Guadian

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in news, prisons, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘In the wake of Stoke Mandeville’s report on Jimmy Savile, an award-winning project that works with prisoners has cut reoffending rates by 83%.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2015

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Sixty five young adults and teenagers have died in prison in last four years, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in death in custody, mental health, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Sixty five young adults and teenagers have died in prison in four years, a new report reveals.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2015

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New rules to crackdown on violent prisoners come into force – Attorney General’s Office

Posted February 27th, 2015 in assault, press releases, prisons, prosecutions, sentencing, violence by tracey

‘A significant step forward in the fight against violence in prisons has been taken, with the publication of a joint national protocol.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 27th February 2015

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UK’s first ‘supersized’ Titan jail to be run by public prison service – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in drug abuse, news, prisons, public private partnerships by sally

‘Britain’s first “supersized” Titan prison, which will hold more than 2,100 inmates, is to be run by the public prison service and not a private security company.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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Two convicted murderers could be first same-sex couple to wed in a British prison – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in homosexuality, marriage, murder, news, prisons by sally

‘Two convicted murderers are set to wed in prison on Monday, in what is believed to the first gay wedding in a British jail.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2015

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Too many deaths in custody are preventable but staff lack mental health expertise, says human rights body – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in death in custody, human rights, inquiries, mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Hundreds of deaths in psychiatric units, prisons and police cells between 2010 and 2013 were avoidable and were caused by repeated “basic errors” by staff ignorant of mental-health risks, human rights advocates have said.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2015

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Number of jailed mothers is a ‘litany of despair’ – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in children, domestic violence, drug abuse, families, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, women by sally

‘The number of women imprisoned in Britain every year represents a “litany of despair”, Nick Clegg will say tomorrow, in a tacit admission that the coalition has failed to tackle high rates of female incarceration.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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R (James) v HM Prison Birmingham and others – WLR Daily

R (James) v HM Prison Birmingham and others [2015] EWCA Civ 58; [2015] WLR (D) 59

‘There was no obligation on a judge to deduct from a term of imprisonment the time spent on remand by a person arrested under section 43 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 for breach of a final gang injunction order under sections 34 to 36 of the 2009 Act, and subsequently imprisoned for contempt of court pursuant to section 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and section 120 of the County Courts Act 1984.’

WLR Daily, 9th February 2015

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Smoking ban in prisons: Inmate wants access to enforcement hotline – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2015 in confidentiality, health, news, prisons, smoking, telecommunications by sally

‘A prisoner has launched a legal challenge to give inmates the right to report unauthorised smoking in jail.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2015

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Chief prison inspector calls for review of super-jails – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2015 in contracting out, news, prisons by sally

‘The chief inspector of prisons has called for a full review of the lessons learned from the opening of the troubled G4S-run Oakwood prison before any more “supersized” jails are opened.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2015

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UK prisoner voting rights breached, European judges rule – BBC News

Posted February 10th, 2015 in elections, electoral register, human rights, news, prisons by sally

‘The rights of more than 1,000 UK prisoners were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections, European judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2015

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Imprisonment ‘turns young offenders into sex criminals’ – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, reports, sexual offences, young offenders by sally

‘Plans for Europe’s largest juvenile prison were criticised last night after a new report claimed that jailing children increased the chances of them becoming sex offenders in adulthood.’

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The Independent, 10th February 2015

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