Child prisoners ‘held in solitary confinement’ – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, imprisonment, news, young offenders by sally

‘At least 40 children have been held in solitary confinement in young offenders institutions in the past year, the Victoria Derbyshire show has been told.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2018

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Fewer offenders should be locked up, says minister – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2018 in imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘There needs to be a “massive reduction” in the number of people sent to prison for 12 months or less, ministers say.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2018

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Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2018 in fines, homelessness, imprisonment, news by sally

‘Growing numbers of vulnerable homeless people are being fined, given criminal convictions and even imprisoned for begging and rough sleeping, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2018

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Released after 43 years: Murderer who became one of Britain’s longest serving prisoners is freed – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 4th, 2018 in imprisonment, murder, news, parole, sentencing by tracey

‘One of Britain’s longest serving prisoners has been released after 43 years behind bars.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2018

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Chairman’s letter to sentencers on imposition of community and custodial sentences – Sentencing Council

Posted April 27th, 2018 in community service, imprisonment, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Earlier this month, the Chairman of the Sentencing Council, Lord Justice Treacy, wrote to all sentencers to remind them of the requirement to follow the Council’s Imposition of Community and Custodial Sentences Definitive Guideline, which has been in force since February 2017. Courts are statutorily bound to follow sentencing guidelines unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so.’

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Sentencing Council, 24th April 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Unlawful imprisonment for council tax non-payment “one of the largest mass miscarriages of justice in British history” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 28th, 2018 in council tax, imprisonment, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘The unlawful imprisonment of people for council tax non-payment “is likely to be one of the largest mass miscarriages of justice in British history”, the chair of the Criminal Bar Association, Angela Rafferty QC, and 57 other signatories of a letter to The Guardian have claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th March 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction? – Family Law

Posted March 26th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, financial provision, imprisonment, news by tracey

‘Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions are the latest in the long-running saga in the Hart v Hart divorce which has now been ongoing in various guises for some six and a half years.’

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Family Law, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

‘A man who bit off a piece of his victim’s ear has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General appealed it for being too low.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 14th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

High Court admits people have been wrongly jailed for not paying council tax – The Independent

‘The High Court has admitted up to 17 people in England and Wales were unlawfully sent to jail for not paying their council tax last year – but it refused to accept this constituted “systematic failings” by the courts.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2018

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Debt is not a crime: reviewing imprisonment for council tax non-payment – Legal Voice

Posted December 20th, 2017 in council tax, debts, imprisonment, news by sally

‘Being in debt is not a crime. So why are nearly 100 people a year sent to prison for falling behind on council tax payments?’

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Legal Voice, 19th December 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Jail for cleaning fluid attack robbers – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2017 in grievous bodily harm, hazardous substances, imprisonment, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Two robbers who laughed after spraying women in their faces with cleaning fluid have been jailed for 10 years.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2017

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Pupils’ diaries convict Hampshire sex assault teacher – BBC News

‘Teenage girls’ diaries have been used to help convict a former PE teacher of sexually assaulting five pupils.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2017

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David Dearlove jailed for 1968 Paul Booth murder – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2017 in child abuse, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who swung his toddler stepson by the ankles and smashed his head into a fireplace has been jailed for a minimum of 13 years.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2017

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‘I asked to go to jail, rather than stay homeless’ – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in homelessness, imprisonment, news by sally

‘Banned from begging and sleeping in shop doorways in Middlesbrough, Bradley Grimes asked the judge in court to send him to prison rather than leave him homeless. What effect did it have?’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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Paedophile convicted after 35 years when his victim recognised him in prison cell – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in child abuse, imprisonment, news, prisons, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A paedophile was brought to justice 35 years after abusing a six-year-old boy when he found himself in the same prison cell as his victim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st November 2017

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Men jailed over huge £100m tax fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Five men have been jailed today (November 10) for their part in a £100m tax fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th November 2017

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Policeman jailed for selling crash data to claims firm – which were sold on to law firms – Legal Futures

‘Two married constables working for Lancashire Police were sentenced last month for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Woman jailed for ‘HIV spit’ in Essex policeman’s mouth – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2017 in assault, compensation, HIV, imprisonment, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman has been jailed for spitting in a police officer’s mouth and telling him she was HIV positive.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2017

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Elsie Scully-Hicks: Dad jailed for life for murder – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2017 in adoption, child abuse, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who murdered his 18-month-old daughter just two weeks after formally adopting her has been handed a life sentence.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2017

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Non-custodial sentencing falls sharply in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Use of non-custodial sentences in England and Wales has fallen sharply but risen significantly in Scotland, according to a report highlighting their effectiveness in preventing re-offending. The comparative study by the Centre for Justice Innovation reveals that over the past decade there has been a 24% decrease in the number of community sentences imposed in England and Wales compared with an 18% increase in Scotland.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com