Judge upholds anonymity of 14-year-old convicted of stabbing teacher – The Guardian

‘A judge has refused to allow the media to name a 14-year-old boy who admitted stabbing his teacher, saying the teenager’s welfare had to come before public interest in his crime.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2015

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Mothers Confined (part 3) | Lead by example: transforming rehabilitation – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 6th, 2015 in news, rehabilitation, Scotland, supervision orders, women by sally

‘Transforming Reahabilitation (TR) has been offered as a way in which women in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) “will have increased access to support services”. Prior to the many women who were incarcerated pre-TR and would be released from prison without supervision, will now – regardless of whether they have served one day or 12 months – be required to have some form of supervision. Previously, all people leaving custody serving less than 12 months were released without supervision.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th August 2015

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The treasure in the heart of man – making prisons work – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given at Prisoners Learning Alliance by Michael Gove.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th July 2015

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Prison education must be ‘overhauled’, Michael Gove says – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2015 in education, news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation by tracey

‘Education in prisons must be overhauled in order to tackle a “persistent failure to reduce re-offending”, the justice secretary is to say.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2015

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Prisoner book restrictions scrapped by Michael Gove – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘Rules restricting the number of books a prisoner can have have been overturned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

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Legal aid restrictions delaying prisoners’ rehabilitation, court told – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2015 in legal aid, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners are being prevented from starting rehabilitation because they are denied legal aid for parole board hearings, the court of appeal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Prison staff shortages contribute to suicides, report says – BBC News

‘Understaffing in prisons in England and Wales could be a factor in suicides among inmates, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Criminal law changes – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Offender Rehabilitation Act

This act came into force on 1 February 2015 for sentences imposed on or after that date. This is important for any defendant who receives a sentence of more than one day but less than two years, and who is over 18 on the day of their release. They will now be required to spend a total of one year either on licence or on supervision under the provisions introduced by this statute (section 256AA of the Criminal Justice Act 2003).’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th June 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Lord Woolf: 25 years on from Strangeways, prisons are still in crisis – The Guardian

‘Harry Woolf, the former chief justice who wrote the report on the 1991 Strangeways prison riot, says its lessons haven’t been learned.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2015

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Inside Europe’s biggest sex offenders’ prison – BBC News

‘Europe’s biggest prison for sex offenders is in Nottinghamshire. How does it try to rehabilitate the inmates, asks Rex Bloomstein.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2015

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Strangeways riot: Ex-inmates recall siege, 25 years on – BBC News

‘The Strangeways riot was the longest in British penal history and dramatically changed the way UK prisons were run. Twenty-five years on, four people at the centre of the siege explain their part in the drawn-out drama.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2015

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What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Court is going nationwide – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), introduced by District Judge Crichton in 2007, has been piloted in London and successfully rolled out to Milton Keynes and Gloucestershire. The court aims to help parents struggling with alcohol or drug abuse where this features as a key element in a local authority’s decision to bring care proceedings.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th March 2015

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Young offender rehabilitation staff criticised – BBC News

Posted March 12th, 2015 in news, prison officers, probation, rehabilitation, reports, young offenders by sally

‘Work to stop young offenders committing more crimes after their release from custody is hampered by “distrust” among the staff responsible, inspectors say.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2015

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Their crimes provoke repulsion but it is our duty to rehabilitate sex offenders – The Guadian

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in news, prisons, probation, recidivists, rehabilitation, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘In the wake of Stoke Mandeville’s report on Jimmy Savile, an award-winning project that works with prisoners has cut reoffending rates by 83%.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2015

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Rehabilitation code “needs to deliver faster results” – Litigation Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in codes of practice, delay, mental health, news, personal injuries, rehabilitation by tracey

‘There should be tight deadlines on all parties to an injury claim – solicitors, insurers and rehabilitation providers – to ensure that rehabilitation achieves as much as it can, according to one well-known rehabilitation case management company.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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Presumed guilty? Ministry of Justice is forced to withdraw advice leaflet – The Guardian

‘Red-faced Ministry of Justice (MoJ) officials have been forced to deny claims that they had dismantled a centuries-old cornerstone of British law in advice that the ministry gave to people facing criminal trials.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2015

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Sex therapy in prisons does not stop rapists reoffending, warns expert – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 29th, 2015 in news, prisons, recidivists, rehabilitation, sexual offences by sally

‘David Ho, a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, said there was no evidence to show that therapy prevented further offending.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2015

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One in 4 inmates at youth ‘prison’ held in virtual solitary confinement, say inspectors – The Independent

‘Boys as young as 15 are being held in virtual solitary confinement in a youth prison plagued by gang violence, inspectors warn today.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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