Our prisons are overflowing with immature and vulnerable men – The Guardian

‘Young men don’t mature psychologically until their mid-20s. Condemning so many to the toxic environment of our jails is a recipe for reoffending and suicide.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2016

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Stephen Port: Serial killer guilty of murdering four men – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in drug offences, homosexuality, murder, news, poisoning, rape, recidivists by tracey

‘A serial killer has been found guilty of murdering four young men by poisoning them with lethal doses of a date rape drug.
Stephen Port, 41, lured his victims to his London flat and secretly gave them GHB, the Old Bailey heard. Scotland Yard believes there could be more victims and is reviewing 58 deaths in London spanning four years involving the drug.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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Levi Bellfield: Police find ‘no link’ to other crimes – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2016 in inquiries, murder, news, police, recidivists by sally

‘An investigation into allegations surrounding more crimes that may have been committed by the killer of Milly Dowler has been closed.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2016

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Treating criminals with anti-psychotic drugs could prevent 1,500 crimes a year, study suggests – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in crime, medical treatment, medicines, mental health, news, recidivists, violent offenders by tracey

‘Prescribing anti-psychotic medication to violent criminals when they leave prison could prevent around 1,500 serious crimes in Britain each year, a new study suggests. Although medicating prisoners on their release is controversial, the University of Oxford believes that it could dramatically cut the risk of violent offending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2016

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Man jailed for stalking mother of murdered toddler James Bulger – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2016 in news, recidivists, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘A man has been jailed for stalking the mother of the murdered toddler James Bulger.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2016

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Jail again for fraudulent ex-solicitor who hijacked law firm’s identity – Legal Futures

Posted October 25th, 2016 in costs, fraud, identity fraud, law firms, news, recidivists, sentencing, solicitors by michael

‘An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation – his second spell in jail for fraud after he previously stole from his firm’s client account’

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Legal Future, 21st October 2016

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The Ipswich murders, 10 years on: ‘We owed it to the women that nothing like it would happen again’ – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2016 in murder, news, prostitution, recidivists, women by sally

‘A decade since London Road was made notorious by the death of five sex workers, its residents have transformed the community and seen their story on stage and screen. But now, they fear government cuts will undo all the work.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2016

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Prisoner resettlement scheme raises concerns – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2016 in employment, housing, news, prisons, probation, recidivists by sally

‘A flagship government policy to support and supervise inmates leaving jail has been severely criticised by inspectors.’

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BBC News, 4th October 2016

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Chris Halliwell found guilty of Becky Godden murder – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2016 in murder, news, police, prostitution, recidivists by tracey

‘Police said there was a “distinct possibility” that a taxi driver twice convicted of murdering young women could be responsible for other unsolved killings. Christopher Halliwell, 52, laughed as a guilty verdict was returned at Bristol crown court on Monday and smiled at relatives of Becky Godden, who went missing aged 20 in 2003 when she was a sex worker in Swindon.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2016

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Emily Maitlis stalker jailed for three years – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2016 in mental health, news, recidivists, restraint, sentencing, stalking by sally

‘An “obsessed” stalker has been jailed for three years after bombarding the BBC’s Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis with letters and emails over a period of 25 years.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2016

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Lie detector tests for sex offenders: Police catch criminal reoffending after using polygraph machine – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2016 in lie detectors, news, police, recidivists, sexual offences by tracey

‘A convicted sex offender had admitted reoffending after police asked him to take a lie detector test when concerns were raised about his behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2016

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Rapist jailed for life following attack on grieving mother – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2016 in grievous bodily harm, news, rape, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A brutal sex attacker has been jailed for life after admitting raping a grieving mother as she placed flowers on the grave of her six-year-old son.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2016

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Ben Butler guilty of murdering daughter Ellie – BBC News

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his six-year-old daughter just 11 months after she was returned to his care following a custody battle’

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BBC News, 21st June 2016

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Teenager becomes first child in UK to be fitted with court-ordered GPS tracker – The Independent

‘A 15-year-old boy has been ordered to wear a GPS tracking device that will allow police to track where he is at all times following a string of criminal offences. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be the first young offender in the country to be monitored in this way.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2016

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Knife crime: Almost half of repeat offenders spared jail – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2016 in news, offensive weapons, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘Almost half of repeat knife offenders were not immediately jailed, despite new legislation requiring judges to impose a prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2016

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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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