Luton boy, 16, filmed beating animals banned for life – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2014 in animal cruelty, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager who had footage on his phone of him kicking a cat in the face and repeatedly beating a dog has been banned from keeping animals for life.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2014

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Prisoners to challenge indeterminate sentences at UK supreme court – The Guardian

‘The supreme court will hear a challenge by four offenders on Monday who allege that indeterminate sentences infringe the rights of prisoners if they are unable to get on to rehabilitative courses.

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The Guardian, 19th May 2014

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What can we learn from drug courts? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Why were drug courts set up?

The introduction of drug courts in the UK has followed a slightly different trajectory to other jurisdictions, where drug courts filled an important gap in the range of community-based sanctions available to the courts to deal with drug-related crime.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th May 2014

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Man convicted of grooming teenage girls online escapes jail – The Independent

Posted May 14th, 2014 in child abuse, internet, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, sexual grooming by sally

‘A man who groomed girls as young as 12 on social networking sites and watched them strip on Skype has escaped a jail sentence. MPs and charities branded the sentence “appalling”. The case has been referred to Attorney General Dominic Grieve.’

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The Independent, 14th May 2014

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Prison book ban may face legal challenge – BBC News

Posted May 7th, 2014 in news, prisons, rehabilitation, time limits by sally

‘A government policy that bans books being sent to prisoners in England and Wales may face a legal challenge.’

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BBC News, 7th May 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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Solicitors and probation workers to strike over plans – BBC News

‘Solicitors and probation officers in England and Wales are staging joint action against changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2014

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Damian Green: new rehabilitation powers for magistrates – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 27th, 2014 in magistrates, press releases, rehabilitation, supervision orders by tracey

‘Magistrates will be given new powers as part of the Government’s reforms of rehabilitation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Released short term prisoner face another two weeks behind bars if they ignore new supervision – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2014 in bills, diversity, magistrates, news, rehabilitation, supervision orders by sally

‘Damian Green, Justice minister, announces new powers for magistrates to ensure new supervision orders are met.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th 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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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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in legislation, rehabilitation by tracey

Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 published

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Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Review of veterans within the Criminal Justice System: call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 13th, 2014 in armed forces, consultations, criminal justice, rehabilitation by tracey

‘This review aims to identify properly the reasons for ex-Service personnel ending up in the justice system and how support can be improved.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 11th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, employment, press releases, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions come into effect today, Justice Minister Simon Hughes.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th March 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Reoffending reforms – no refinement of relevance – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 11th, 2014 in criminal records, disclosure, disqualification, employment, news, rehabilitation by tracey

‘The Government has today announced their long-awaited reforms to disclosure of previous convictions for rehabilitated offenders.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 10th 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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Reforms to help reduce reoffending come into force – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 14th, 2014 in criminal records, news, rehabilitation, time limits by sally

‘Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions will come into effect next month, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th February 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Number of sex offenders in England and Wales rises by more than third in five years – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 10th, 2014 in budgets, news, probation, rehabilitation, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘The number of registered sex offenders in England and Wales has risen by more than a third in the past five years. More than 40,000 registered sex offenders, including 2,700 judged to pose a serious risk to the public, are living in the community and being monitored by probation services.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2014

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Sex offenders freed from prison without treatment will ‘create more victims’ – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2014 in news, persistent offenders, recidivists, rehabilitation, sexual offences by sally

‘Prisons across England and Wales are routinely releasing dangerous sex offenders without putting them through treatment programmes because budget cuts have left places critically scarce.’

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The Independent, 3rd February 2014

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Soldier jailed for killing daughter after returning from Afghanistan – The Guardian

‘A soldier who killed his 20-month-old daughter after surviving a rogue attack in Afghanistan has been jailed for six years.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2014

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