Wakefield Prison nurse Karen Cosford struck off register – BBC News

‘A prison nurse who had an affair with a rapist at Wakefield Prison has been ordered to be struck off the register.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2014

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Passive smoking in prison not a breach of human rights – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 15th, 2014 in appeals, detention, human rights, news, prisons, smoking by tracey

‘Smith, R (on the application of v Secretary of State for Justice and G4S UK Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 380. This case raises the question of whether it is a breach of a non-smoking prisoner’s Convention right to respect for his private life and to equality of access to such rights (ECHR Articles 8 and 14) to compel him to share a cell with a smoker.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th April 2014

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Brazuks v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia; Zibala v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia; Sinicins v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia – WLR Daily

Posted April 10th, 2014 in appeals, extradition, human rights, law reports, prisons by sally

Brazuks v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia; Zibala v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia; Sinicins v Prosecutor General’s Office, Republic of Latvia [2014] EWHC 1021 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 160

‘The state of the Latvian prison estate was not such as to produce a real risk that there would be a breach of article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms if extradition were directed.’

WLR Daily, 9th April 2014

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Shocking justice gap for disabled prisoners – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘It is Prison Service policy that prisons provide a fair and equal service to all prisoners, including to those who are disabled. The purpose of this policy is to make sure that the Prison Service meets its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA). However, for many disabled prisoners, these obligations are not being met.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th April 2014

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Prison officers’ failings contributed to vulnerable boy’s death, inquest rules – The Guardian

‘An inquest jury has found multiple failings by staff at a young offender institution contributed to the death of a 17-year-old boy, who had been bullied by other inmates.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2014

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Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield awarded £4,500 over prison attack – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2014 in assault, compensation, news, prisons by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is ‘hugely disappointed’ that the triple murderer will receive taxpayer funded compensation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2014

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Prison books row: justice secretary could face legal action, says lawyer – The Guardian

Posted April 1st, 2014 in education, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Campaigners fighting the Ministry of Justice over a ban on books being sent to prisoners on Monday threatened to take their battle to the courts.’

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The Guardian, 31st March 2014

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Prisoners’ Legal Aid, Malayan Killings and the Role of the Judiciary – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, a challenge to the legal aid reforms by the Howard League for Penal Reform is rejected, while campaigners seeking an inquiry into the action of British soldiers in Malaya in 1948 face similar disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the most senior judges in the UK give their views on the role of the judiciary today.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2014

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‘Giant’ criminal Jude Medcalf freed as jail bed too small – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2014 in community service, disabled persons, firearms, human rights, news, prisons by tracey

‘A 7ft 2ins-tall (2.2m) criminal has been released from custody after a judge accepted prison beds and uniforms were too small for him.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2014

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Justice Minister Chris Grayling defends prisoner book rules – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2014 in education, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Justice Secretary Chris Grayling says new prison policies are not denying inmates access to books, despite criticisms from high-profile authors.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2014

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Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): Coll v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted March 20th, 2014 in law reports, prisons, release on licence, sex discrimination, women by tracey

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening): Coll v Secretary of State for Justice (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening); [2013] EWHC 4077 (Admin);   [2014] WLR (D)  136

‘The Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated, directly or indirectly, in the performance of his functions of providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence.’

WLR daily 19th December 2013

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Unsuccessful challenge to prison law legal aid cuts to be appealed – LegalVoice

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Howard League and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) this morning announced that they will appeal a decision by the High Court to dismiss their challenge to legal aid cuts for prisoners.’

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LegalVoice, 17th March 2014

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High court rejects challenge to legal aid – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The high court has rejected a challenge by charities working with prisoners over legal aid cuts introduced by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners Advice Service said vulnerable people in the prison system, including inmates with mental health problems and women with babies, would suffer injustice following the removal of the right to criminal legal aid in many prison law cases. Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Cranston, sitting in London on Monday, said they could “well understand the concerns” raised by the new regulations, introduced in December by Grayling, who is also the lord chancellor. “But we simply cannot see, at least at this point in time, how these concerns can arguably constitute unlawful action by the lord chancellor. For the time being, the forum for advancing these concerns remains the political.” ‘

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The Guardian, 17th March 2014

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Mafia boss living in Uxbridge wins extradition battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, crime, extradition, news, prisons by tracey

‘A former Mafia boss wanted in Italy for extortion and other crimes has won his battle against extradition, after a ruling in an entirely unconnected case expressed concern over the conditions of Italian prisons.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2014

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Prisoners say they are not being punished inside – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in news, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘ Up to half of prisoners do not feel they are being punished while behind bars fuelling concerns of soft justice, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. In some jails fewer than one in five inmates believe they are paying for their crimes, according to the Ministry of Justice’s own survey. Across the prison estate a third of prisoners also say they not being helped to address their offending or to ensure they will be law-abiding citizens on release.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2014

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High court to rule on Chris Grayling’s legal aid cuts for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2014 in budgets, judicial review, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The high court will on Monday rule on a challenge by charities working with prisoners to the legality of legal aid cuts introduced by justice secretary Chris Grayling. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) say vulnerable people in the prison system, including inmates with mental health problems and mothers with young babies, will suffer injustice.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2014

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One in 20 prisoners are gipsies, says official report – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2014 in gipsies, news, ombudsmen, prisons, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘ Gipsies make up one in 20 of the jail population, according to a new report by an official watchdog. Research by Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, found gipsies and travellers were “significantly over represented” in adult prisons in England and Wales, making up 5 per cent of the total.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2014

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Prison day release rules to be tightened, minister says

Posted March 10th, 2014 in electronic monitoring, news, prisons, rehabilitation, release on licence by sally

‘Day release from prison is to be scaled back following a series of serious crimes committed by offenders temporarily out of jail.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2014

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Legal aid cuts for prisoners face high court challenge – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2014 in budgets, legal aid, ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons by sally

‘The government’s decision to deprive prisoners of legal aid has been challenged in the high court on Thursday by charities warning that it will hamper rehabilitation efforts and fail to save money.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2014

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Cuts to legal aid: seeking permission for judicial review – CrimeLine

Posted March 6th, 2014 in judicial review, legal aid, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘Two charities will go to court tomorrow (6 March) to seek permission to challenge the government’s decision to cut legal aid for prisoners.’

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CrimeLine, 5th March 2014

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