Chris Grayling plans network of mental health centres in prisons – The Guardian

Posted September 16th, 2014 in mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Chris Grayling has ordered justice ministry officials to start work on developing a network of specialist mental health centres within prisons in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2014

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Abolishing prison sentences for drug users: sensible or a step too far? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 12th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Nick Clegg announced last week that a pledge to abolish prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use will form part of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto for the next election. The manifesto commitment would include a promise to move the drug policy lead from the Home Office to the Department of Health, and would seek to divert users into treatment for their addiction, community sentences, or to civil penalties that do not attract a criminal record. The plans would even extend to the possession of Class A substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. This is a controversial proposal, but does it have merit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th August 2014

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Exclusive: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habit – The Independent

Posted August 8th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Heroin addicts are to be given free foil – to heat up the drug – in an effort to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting disease, the Government will announce tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2014

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Understanding Serious Brain Injury – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2014 in accidents, disabled persons, news, personal injuries, rehabilitation by sally

‘At any time, as those who have suffered a serious injury to the brain or have been close to someone who has will know, your life can be turned upside down in less than a fated second. The first news of a serious traumatic event is shocking, thoughts often turn to simply holding onto life and then anxiety over the serious permanent disability which may follow; in the mind of those involved it is very much the physical disabilities which are at the forefront.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 16th July 2014

Source: www.no5.com

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‘Sobriety tags’ to be worn by offenders of alcohol-linked crime in pilot scheme – The Guardian

‘People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor whether they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2014

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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

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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

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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

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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