I’ve seen how our jails wreck human potential. Reform will take courage – The Guardian

‘Reoffending costs £13bn a year – and giving inmates an education is the best way to prevent it, says a member of the Coates review panel’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2016

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Hope is at the heart of my prisons reform – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2016 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prisons exist to keep society safer. When we put criminals behind bars we take them off our streets, prevent them from preying on the innocent and uphold the clear bright line between right and wrong. But if we really want to fight crime as effectively as possible, we must do more than just incapacitate criminals for the length of their sentence. We need to ensure that when they leave jail they do not offend again.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2016

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Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Dame Sally Coates’ report and recommendations following her review of education in prison.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Biggest shake-up of prison system announced as part of Queen’s Speech – Ministry of Justice

‘More than 5,000 offenders will be housed in new reform prisons by end of the year as part of largest reform programme since Victorian times.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th May 2016

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Reducing women’s imprisonment: sentencing of mothers – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Ciara O’Neill wrote recently on the Halsbury’s Law Exchange about Michael Gove’s talk on 4 November at the AGM of the Howard League for Penal Reform: “He believes that our sentencing framework needs a complete overhaul…Gove recognised that evidence shows short sentences are more likely than not to lead to recidivism, and that the system needs a more appropriate sentencing framework. This will be based on extensive research into the effectiveness of current sentencing practices.” (“Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM“).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd May 2016

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Young offenders handed a caution commit more crimes after Government shake-up – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in cautions, news, recidivists, statistics, young offenders by tracey

‘More young offenders are going on to commit new crimes after being handed a “slap on the wrist”, following reforms by the Government, new data shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th April 2016

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Woman who discovered husband was paedophile during honeymoon five years ago is still trying to divorce him – The Independent

‘A woman who discovered she had married a convicted paedophile during their honeymoon is still trying to divorce him after five years.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2016

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BBC’s Jimmy Savile abuse report to be published next week – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2016 in BBC, news, recidivists, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘The long-awaited report into sexual abuse at the BBC, prompted by the Jimmy Savile scandal, has been delivered to the corporation and will be published by the broadcaster next week.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2016

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Levi Bellfield: Profile of ‘heinous’ serial killer – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2016 in murder, news, recidivists by sally

‘Described by his most high-profile victim’s family as “truly heinous”, who is serial killer Levi Bellfield?’

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BBC News, 10th February 2016

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Prisons which release most criminals who reoffend will be named and shamed, David Cameron pledges – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2016 in news, prisons, recidivists by tracey

‘David Cameron also wants to create six “reform prisons” whose governors would be given more freedom to implement reforms and control spending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2016

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Britain’s ‘most convicted criminal’ commits 630th offence – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 21st, 2016 in news, recidivists, sentencing, theft by sally

‘Patrick Ryan believed to have longest list of convictions of any offender in 40-year life of crime that has cost taxpayer as much as £3 million.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2016

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One in 12 criminals reoffends just 18 days after being freed from prison – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2016 in news, recidivists, statistics by sally

‘Official figures disclose shocking rate of reoffending by thousands of freed inmates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2016

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Knickers stealing Devon man is jailed – BBC News

Posted January 7th, 2016 in burglary, news, recidivists, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A serial underwear thief stole knickers from homes and washing lines 120 times, a court heard.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2016

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St William’s Catholic care home child sex abusers jailed – BBC News

‘A former chaplain and ex-principal of a Roman Catholic children’s care home have been jailed for abusing boys.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2016

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Violent offenders: Fears over management after release – BBC News

‘Is the system in place to manage dangerous offenders when they are released from prison keeping people safe?’

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BBC News, 25th October 2015

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Courts charge leaves victims waiting for justice, says former Solicitor General – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, delay, fees, news, recidivists, victims by sally

‘The Government’s controversial courts charge is causing major delays and leaving victims waiting for justice, a former Solicitor General has said.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2015

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Man jailed for second time for breaching anti-social behaviour injunction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2015 in ASBOs, injunctions, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A Bristol man has been jailed for three months for persistently breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th October 2015

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Gove plans to give prison governors more powers to educate and reform – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2015 in budgets, education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, release on licence by sally

‘Prison governors could be given greater powers to educate, punish and reform inmates under plans being considered by Michael Gove to relax the grip of Whitehall on the penal system.’

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2015

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Barrister who dodged rail fares into London for two years avoids prison – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2015 in barristers, fraud, news, railways, recidivists, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A barrister who avoided paying thousands of pounds in rail fares for more than two and a half years has been spared prison.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2015

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